Preacher: “Your steadfast love, O LORD, extends to the heavens, your faithfulness to the clouds.” There are modern psalmist among us, Seeker. I cannot hear or read these verses without hearing in my head the song based on the verses of this passage.


Seeker:
I too, Preacher, am familiar with that song. And yes, the verses in this passage and the lyrics of that song echo each other. It does seem like the psalmist’s voice is echoed by this artist. It seems to me that may Christian music artists are psalmists in their own way. Taking the sentiments evoked in their hearts, then tied into scripture – the results are songs that speak to us and inspire us to reach out to the Divine ourselves.


Preacher: “Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains, your judgments are like the great deep; you save humans and animals alike, O LORD.”
The psalmist, however, speaks in older and odder phrases; but yes, the psalmist’s words come alive in the artistic hands of others.

Seeker: “How precious is your steadfast love, O God! All people may take refuge in the shadow of your wings.”
It is nice to think about the worship of Yahweh coming down through the generations of believers until it reaches our current times and ears. And yes our hearts, souls, and spirits. It makes one think and believe that the same Spirit that moved among the children of God then, moves among us now. It is not hard to believe, and I do believe it fervently. But helps to span the difference in time and life experience that worship of the Divine has not substantially changed much.

Preacher: “They feast on the abundance of your house, and you give them drink from the river of your delights. For with you is the fountain of life; in your light we see light.”
You are correct, Seeker. The changes over the years do not outweigh the continuity of worship. We may think (and some may find pleasure in pointing out) the differences between our times and the times of the psalmist are so vast. That we have greater understanding and insight now, and are so “far ahead” of those long ago times. But really, we are closer than we think. The main difference might be that NOW if things go awry we blame in on other issues than believing that the Lord God has “abandoned” us. The prophets seemed to propagate that idea – but, I am digressing. Please, Seeker, read the last verse.

Seeker: “O continue your steadfast love to those who know you, and your salvation to the upright of heart!” (Psalm 36:5-10)
Yes Preacher, that verse does nicely bridge from then to now. And may we take it as an encouragement to remain in right relationship with the Divine! Shalom & Selah!