“Praise the Lord! I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart, in the company of the upright, in the congregation. Great are the works of the Lord, studied by all who delight in them. Full of honor and majesty is his work, and his righteousness endures forever. He has gained renown by his wonderful deeds; the Lord is gracious and merciful. He provides food for those who fear him; he is ever mindful of his covenant. He has shown his people the power of his works, in giving them the heritage of the nations. The works of his hands are faithful and just; all his precepts are trustworthy. They are established forever and ever, to be performed with faithfulness and uprightness. He sent redemption to his people; he has commanded his covenant forever. Holy and awesome is his name. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all those who practice it have a good understanding. His praise endures forever.”
I hope you’ve enjoyed meeting and learning more about just a few Strong Men and Women of the Old Testament. Women like Rebekah, Miriam, Ruth, and Esther; people who like us weren’t perfect but were important to the story of God’s people and God used them. Men like Moses, Joshua, David, and Jonah; people God calls to important tasks and leadership. Stories that show God is faithful and we too can live in God’s ways. As we close this series, I hope there are other strong women and men of faith you too can name in your own life. Let us give thanks for the ways these stories have come alive and ask of us to be strong and faithful too.
Living God, we give you thanks for the many ways your Word invites us into a relationship with you and with each other. Through the stories of your people, we see whispers of our ourselves, when we are strong and maybe when we are not. People loved by you and strengthened to love you more. May the Holy Spirit’s work and promise to be present be a Spirit of council, wisdom and strenght now and forever Amen.