Psalm of God’s Creativity
God’s creativity is magnificent and breathtaking. He created all things out of love and he cherishes everything he has created. One of the markers of God’s image in us is our attraction to creativity and our appreciation of it. Every child is naturally creative and over time their creativity is either developed or diminished depending on the encouragement or discouragement they receive.
As we walk with God he ignites and reignites our creative capacities for wonder and awe. Creativity is more than being artistic or design savvy; it also includes one’s capacity to see solutions, possibilities and effective ways of dealing with people and problems in ways that bless others and bring hope, delight and whimsy.
Psalm 8: When is a time in your life when you were literally transfixed on and marveled by the majesty of God’s creation, his masterpiece? Consider earth and sky, mountains, oceans/rivers/lakes, day and night, all living things. How did it make you feel, emotionally, spiritually, and physically?
Psalm of Comfort
We all need comfort. There is no greater gift we give others than comforting them when they are most vulnerable in their fear, trauma or failure. Comfort says I’m here for you, I’m with you, I’m for you. Comfort is the first step toward hope and recovery. It sets the tone for discovery and growth. One of the most beautiful expressions of this is Psalm 23, familiar to many.
Comfort doesn’t talk us out of our feelings but helps us move through them to a place of peace. In that place of peace, we find God’s strength to keep going, trusting him to lead and guide. In his comforting presence we do things we never imagined having the strength or courage to do. We serve him, we are willing to sacrifice and suffer for him in service to others. This is only sustainable because we are able to receive and give comfort as Christ comforts us. Comfort is no longer our extrinsic motivation but an intrinsic way of being in Christ as we pursue goals in him.
Prayer is a pathway to comfort; a life group is a place of comfort; serving others brings comfort. Comfort (strength) is having the power of Christ at work in you in the midst of all circumstances.