You let people ride over our heads; we went through fire and through water; yet you have brought us out to a spacious place.Â Â Psalm 66:12
This Psalm is very personal and passionate. It plumbs the depths of human suffering and sorrow as well as explores the heights of human ecstasy and joy. The Psalmist, looks beyond his trials and sings loud praises to God for all the blessings in his life. Truly this is great encouragement and strength for all who are in the midst of struggles.
The theme of verse 12 is deliverance. It tells about trouble and GodÂ’s power to deliver us from that trouble and from the depths of despair.
We must realize that these experiences in our lives come to test our faith in God. It is only through them that we discover what a refuge and help faith in God is! Faith brings comfort; it brings strength in trouble. No matter how heavy the burdens are, they cannot crush us, for GodÂ’s love will hold us up.Â Faith must also be accompanied by trust in the Lord for together these form the keynote and foundation of our prayers.
Many of us would have faced many challenges during the year. Let us remember that God loves us so much that he sent his son to bring us peace and light. In spite of our experiences, let us reflect on GodÂ’s goodness with gratitude for his protection and grace Â– his great gift of love. Let us remind ourselves of GodÂ’s provision in our lives and in the lives of our loved ones. Let us pledge therefore to make Christmas a special time of spiritual enrichment, personal renewal and genuine gratitude. Colossians 3:16 is a great reminder: Â“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your heart to the Lord.Â”
Prayer: Dear heavenly Father, give us the strength to praise and worship you. Thank you for giving greatest gift to mankind, your Son Jesus Christ. Especially on this Christmas Day, may we continue to show our love for him by sharing his goodness with others.Â Â Amen.