August 9 – Blessed Be Our God Who Saves

Here is another psalm, and although it was written years before, it was sung during the time of the captivity.  It describes Israel’s history and it’s also a prayer for rescue.   Save us, O Lord our God, and gather us from among the nations, that we may give thanks to your holy name and glory in your praise.  Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting! And let all the people say, “Amen!” Praise the Lord!   When times are tragic, people call out to the Lord.

The House of Hope Orphanage is an answer to the prayers of crying children left as orphans by the on-going civil war in Burma. Founded in 1999 in the hills of Mae Hong Son, Thailand, House of Hope is home to many children elementary age up through high school.  Christmas of 2004 I joined my Thai language teacher for a nearly seven-hour mountainous drive to spend our holiday at House of Hope.  I was blessed beyond measure by the love this “family” had for one another.  Their hardship brought them together and their reliance on God keeps them together.

With joy, the children and young adults put on a Christmas party for the community complete with hand-made decorations, traditional dancing, and special food.  We experienced God’s adoptive love through song, the Christmas Story was read, and several people shared their own personal stories of His goodness too. There was a lot of thanksgiving going on that Christmas.   Everyone who gathered, from the community to the newest member of the orphanage, was offered the opportunity to know God in His greatness, God who saves in so many ways.   God, we pause to thank You, to bless You our great Rescuer.  O Lord, in the little things, in the massive things, You gather us to You.  You are our Father who adopts us into Your family to live a life of hope.  Thanks be to God! Halleluiah!  Amen.

Psalm 106:47-48 ESV