2020 was a year many of us would like to forget. Pandemic. Social unrest. A contentious election. Involuntary homeschooling. Disruption. Hopefully we’ve found some notes of hope along the journey. As the calendar turns the page, many of our problems will not. We’re still politically divided as a nation. The reminder of our mortality is fresh in our minds. Our social conflicts run deep and, as such, will take time to resolve at every level.
And yet, there is an opportunity to praise amidst suffering. And there is always room for hope. The Psalms have for millennia been the songbook of God’s people and they give us the language of hope in all kinds of circumstances.