Psalm 117 (Psalms on the Trail)

Psalm 117:2

“The faithfulness of the Lord endures forever. Hallelujah!”  Psalm 117:2b

These flowers in the photo are Virginia spiderwort.  Spiderwort is a large but dainty perennial with branched stalks topped by groups of blue, three-petaled flowers an inch or two across. While on the trail they caught my eye and gave me hope to keep trudging on to the next batch.  I have found out after the hike that spiderwort flowers close by mid-day.  In fact they open only in the morning; the petals then wilt and turn to a jelly-like fluid.  That sounds like me: raring to go in the morning and a wilting mess by mid-afternoon.

But God’s faithfulness is different, hugely different.  Three words: faithfulness, endures, forever.  Three words that exude longevity and continual supporting presence. Three words that cut through my wilting energy, my jelly-like lack of focus when the going gets tough.  Three words that describe for me who my hiking Companion is.  How does the Faithful One, the Enduring One, the Forever One make my life as a spiderwort creature different?  It starts, I guess, with God’s faithfulness making me new every morning.  Starting with this very morning.


1. Take this verse with you and ponder its meaning for you throughout the day.  What do you notice?  What do you wonder?  When are you like the wilting spiderwort?  When do you notice God’s faithfulness?

2. Or read the whole psalm to find out how this verse fits into the whole.

3. Or comment with a photo of your own that is a window of this psalm’s meaning for you.

The next post will be on Psalm 118:24.

Starting January 1, 2016, for 150 days I am posting a daily psalm verse with a photo that is a visual meditation on the text for me.  Each day a verse from the next psalm is chosen until all 150 psalms have been featured.   To participate you may subscribe to my blog at or “friend” me on Facebook and watch for the daily links to blog posts.  Disclaimer:  I am not a photographer and most of the photos are from a cell phone or small camera while hiking the Appalachian Trail or the C&O Canal/Great Allegheny Passage Trail.