Thursday: Psalm 97-98 & Revelation 21:1-8

From Megan Buresh

“Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away . . . Behold, I am making all things new.” (Rev. 21:1, 5)

I love this passage in Revelations – the promise that the full renewal that my soul longs for will happen.  That God will be with us fully and wipe away every tear.  In verse 5 God promises us that He is making all things new – active, present tense – so we can taste some of His Kingdom in the here and now.  I’m a perfectionist and impatient, and I struggle daily with the “already but not yet” that comes with living between Christ’s first and second comings.  I want things to be fixed now.  I’m tired of sitting with patients in clinic struggling with the shame, depression, addiction and physically broken bodies.  I’m tired of my own shortcomings.  And I’m frustrated with God that He hasn’t made all things new yet.   Why wait longer in this season of tensions?

In contrast to this discontent, the Psalms call us to rejoice in the Lord now  (97:1 “the Lord reigns let the earth rejoice” and 98:1, “Oh sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvelous things!” ) These Psalms bring me back to gratitude in the present – that God is active and present, full of steadfast love and faithfulness in the world now.   And He is calling me to sing joyful praises, today.  “The heavens proclaim his righteousness” (97:6) – and it is often in nature itself that my restless soul finds peace.  I love this time of year because it’s time for spring planting in the garden and each miraculous sprout of new life from a dry, withered seed reminds me tangibly of the life God brings amidst the brokenness.  And when I take the time to look, I see similar sprouts of life in myself and those around me. 

So I’m left still with the longing of the full redemption to come, yet grateful for the ways that God is working in the here and now, and that He’s faithful to bring this work to completion.

 

I live in JP, work as a resident at the Brigham, and am excited for warm spring days to get dirt under my fingernails.