Word for the day by Christian Education Board
Stewardship of the Relationship
Subi Rachel Mathew
W/O of Rev. Denny Philip
"..the Lord takes pleasure in those who
fear him, in those who hope in his steadfast love."
Psalms 147 is a beautiful invitation
to praise God for His care for Jerusalem. The psalm beautifully portrays the
depth of relationship between God and His people, Israel. Every verse is an
expression of the quality of the divine love and care extended to Israel. The
phrase ‘builds up’ shows the parental care and nurture through which
Israel evolves to be a community of God. The gathering of the
outcast reminds us of the liberation and restoration of Israel from the bondage
of Babylonian captivity. (v.2). God touches the broken hearted and leads them
carefully to healing (v. 3). Naming of the stars (v.4) shows the personal touch
in the divine relationship. God is so open that His understanding, which is an
essential factor in maintaining relationship, is immeasurable (v.5) After
narrating the protective providence of God (v. 8 & 9) the Psalmist affirms
that in a relationship, God delights not in the quality of the other person but
the quality of relationship. The quality in relationship is denoted by two
words, fear and hope. Fear is something that destroys a relationship. But fear
needs to be understood as complementary with the hope in steadfast love. So,
fear is not undue submission, but a reverence without losing respect for the
A healthy relationship is always mutual. Whatever we expect from God, we are bound to extend them to those we come in contact with. Let’s pray that we will be able to create a relationship that is caring, liberative, healing, understanding and protective.
Lord, help us to praise You from the bottom of our hearts, enjoying the warmth of the stewardship entrusted in us. Amen.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
God delights to hear from us through praise and prayer.