Psalm 117: In the Midst

Praise the Lord, all you nations;
    extol him, all you peoples.
For great is his love toward us,
    and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever.

Praise the Lord.

Psalm 117

It’s a good idea to memorise some scripture, it’s a good idea to memorise some lines from the Psalms. If you want to begin that practice, Psalm 117 is a good place to start. There’s an obvious reason for that – it’s the shortest chapter in the Bible – but there are other reasons as well. In just a few short verses the Psalm calls us back to what is central, to what we really need to hear again and again in the midst of all life’s varied events and all our fluctuating feelings.

In the midst of anxiety

In the midst of blessing

In the midst of confusion

In the midst of danger

In the midst of enemies

In the midst of fear

In the midst of hope

In the midst of illness

In the midst of joy

In the midst of knowing

In the midst of loneliness

In the midst of mourning

In the midst of the night 

In the midst of opposition

In the midst of praise

In the midst of quietness

In the midst of repentance

In the midst of silence

In the midst of tears

In the midst of unfaithfulness

In the midst of victory

In the midst of weakness

In the midst of x (the great unknown)

In the midst of zeal

In the midst of it all

’Praise the Lord, all you nations; extol him, all you peoples. For great is his love toward us, and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever.‘