Seeker: Preacher, can you please start the reading. I, well . . . I need a minute or two to prepare myself.
Preacher: “Protect me, O God, for in you I take refuge.”
Seeker: It has been a long day, my Lord God. And I am weary of the struggle. Each day rises before, and its challenges overwhelm me. But I hold on to Your promises, and I say . . .
Preacher: “I say to the LORD, “You are my Lord; I have no good apart from you.” Seeker, I hear the weariness in your voice, and the fatigue on your face. But I am not sure the psalmist’s words and your current situation are a good match – at least not today.
Seeker: “As for the holy ones in the land, they are the noble, in whom is all my delight.” I suspect not, Preacher. Not this day. There have been other psalm passages that may aptly describe my feelings. But this is what we are presented with today. And I am truly trying to find my place in these verses. It comforts me to imagine that the “holy ones in the land” and the “nobles” most likely had days of struggle too.
Preacher: “Those who choose another god multiply their sorrows; their drink offerings of blood I will not pour out or take their names upon my lips.”
Seeker: “The LORD is my chosen portion and my cup; you hold my lot.”
Preacher: Let it be commended to you that you seek solace in scripture and hold firm to your faith, Seeker. That you have not chosen “another god”, a false god that would lead you astray.
Seeker: I can truly say that despite all that challenges me, when I call upon the Divine “The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; I have a goodly heritage.”
Preacher: I know, Seeker, that your faith firm enough that you can say with the psalmist, “I bless the LORD who gives me counsel; in the night also my heart instructs me.”
Seeker: “I keep the LORD always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved. Therefore my heart is glad, and my soul rejoices; my body also rests secure. For you do not give me up to Sheol, or let your faithful one see the Pit. You show me the path of life. In your presence there is fullness of joy; in your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” (Psalm 16)
Preacher: Rest now, Seeker. Rest and may the Lord strengthen you for the days to come. Shalom & Selah!