Preacher: ”Praise the LORD! Praise the LORD, O my soul!” I am especially joyful this day; not because it is a special day, but it comes at the end of a long week. And I have found the Divine’s Hand on me this world. So I am ready to praise the Lord!!
Seeker: “I will praise the LORD as long as I live; I will sing praises to my God all my life long.” I will join in your praise, Preacher, and am glad to hear that the Lord God helped you through.
Preacher: “Do not put your trust in princes, in mortals, in whom there is no help. When their breath departs, they return to the earth; on that very day their plans perish.”
Seeker: “Happy are those whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the LORD their God, who made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them; who keeps faith forever; who executes justice for the oppressed; who gives food to the hungry. The LORD sets the prisoners free; the LORD opens the eyes of the blind. The LORD lifts up those who are bowed down; the LORD loves the righteous.”
Preacher: This is definitely a psalm passage that is well matched to the passage from Isaiah we heard earlier this week. The writer of the book of Isaiah, and the prophet Isaiah, is very good at raising praises to the Lord God. But also good at exhorting his reader to proper and appropriate deeds and actions. But today, it is all praise!! “The LORD watches over the strangers; he upholds the orphan and the widow, but the way of the wicked he brings to ruin.”
Seeker: “The LORD will reign forever, your God, O Zion, for all generations. Praise the LORD!” (Psalm 146) May the Divine always keep watch over you, uphold you, and bless you all your days, Preacher – as you watch over others, uphold them, and bless them by your words and actions. Shalom & Selah!
Preacher: Thank you very much for your words, Seeker. The Lord God Divine does watch over all of humanity. Shalom & Selah!