“Be Proud You’re Hawaiian!”
Read: PSALM 97:10-12
When I was a child, my mom who had moved from Hilo, Hawai’i to Oregon, told me to make sure I dressed nicely and presented myself well because I looked different and people would treat me differently. Her most important instructions, however, would follow: “Be proud you’re Hawaiian.” Essentially she taught me to delight in my heritage. I never forgot my mom’s words and the seriousness with which she delivered them. To be Hawaiian means sharing the Spirit of Aloha, loving unconditionally, and inviting ‘ohana, friends and strangers to share life together—especially through eating together.
The psalmist reminds us to delight in our heritage in the Lord. By God’s grace, because we are children of the righteous Lord, invited to share life together with him, we are called righteous. Thanks be to God! Let us praise the Lord with heartfelt joy!
Lord, help me to grasp not just the seriousness and responsibility of being called righteous, but also the joy. AMEN.