Seeker: Preacher, do you want me to start or do you want to?
Preacher: It does not matter to me, Seeker. The Advent & Christmas season is a time of such praise, that one might get a little weary. And then the Epiphany comes, and the feast of the baptism of Jesus. I find myself longing for Ordinary time when the paces is slower.
Seeker: “Ascribe to the LORD, O heavenly beings, ascribe to the LORD glory and strength.”
Preacher: “Ascribe to the LORD the glory of his name; worship the LORD in holy splendor.”
Seeker: I sort of know how you feel. The Heavenly Beings must not be of a nature that tire or become weary.
Preacher: The Heavenly Beings were designed to praise the Lord Jesus and the Divine. It is not something that the consciously chose, but they simply give forth praise. We, on the other hand Seeker, must chose to praise. And we need to find or compose the words while the Heavenly Beings seem to simply open their mouths and out it comes.
Seeker: But the psalmist has written so many praises, Preacher.
Preacher: Over a life time, Seeker. Not in just a few weeks. And it is not just in my nature to just open my mouth and praise the Divine without my spirit being actively participating and moved.
Seeker: I appreciate your honesty, Preacher. Moreover, I dare to say, the Divine appreciates that your praise is from your whole being. I think that is why, or at least one of the reasons why, the Divine created humanity with free will so that praise would be genuine.
Preacher: Oh Seeker, you are so good for me! You remind me of what new faith looks and sounds like, and moves me to renew my own! “The voice of the LORD is over the waters; the God of glory thunders, the LORD, over mighty waters.”
Seeker: “The voice of the LORD is powerful; the voice of the LORD is full of majesty.”
Preacher: “The voice of the LORD breaks the cedars; the LORD breaks the cedars of Lebanon. He makes Lebanon skip like a calf, and Sirion like a young wild ox.”
Seeker: Preacher, your mature faith fans the flames of my new faith. “The voice of the LORD flashes forth flames of fire.”
Preacher: “The voice of the LORD shakes the wilderness; the LORD shakes the wilderness of Kadesh.” Seeker, we are blessed to have each other. To encourage and comfort each other. To hold each other accountable. The faith journey is easier when we do not travel alone.
Seeker: Then let us praise the Lord that we have each other! “The voice of the LORD causes the oaks to whirl, and strips the forest bare; and in his temple all say, “Glory!”
Preacher: “The LORD sits enthroned over the flood; the LORD sits enthroned as king forever.”
Seeker & Preacher: “May the LORD give strength to his people! May the LORD bless his people with peace!(Psalm 29)