A card for graduates

26 Sep

I wonder why I have not seen it before; Psalm 20 is a prefect blessing for those who are graduating and going on to a new adventure.  The first line in The Message is, “God answer you on the day you crash, the name of God-of-Jacob put you out of harm’s reach, send reinforcements from Holy Hill”  We know, or at least I know, that our children or others will crash somewhere, sometime along the way and here is their psalm of encouragement.

The psalm goes on to say, “Dispatch from Zion fresh supplies, exclaim over your offerings, celebrate your sacrifices, give you what your heart desires, accomplish your plans.”  Aren’t these great words of encouragement to those we see striking out on their own path?

“When you win, we plan to raise the roof and lead the parade with our banners.  May all your wishes come true!

“That clinches it – help’s coming, an answer’s on the way, everything’s going to work out.”

The next section emphasizes those who put their energy and trust into things that are not God.

“See those people polishing their chariots, and those other grooming their horses?  But we’re making garlands for God our God.  The chariots will rust, those horses pull up lame – and we’ll be on our feet, standing tall.  Make the king a winner, God; the day we call, give us your answer.”

That last bit is about giving King David victory, but I think it still works for anyone we want to encourage.

As I have been writing this I have been thinking about “the Bunzy Mom”.  She is a great cheering section for all her kids and she loves the psalms.  She has probably discovered the power of this psalm years ago.

Well, I would encourage you to read through this psalm again in any translation and pray blessings and strength into the life of someone you love, particularly if they are on a new adventure in their life.

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