Seeker: “All your works shall give thanks to you, O LORD, and all your faithful shall bless you.”
Preacher: I get this image, Seeker, of a measuring rod set up to see if believers and followers of the Divine had blessed the Divine enough to qualify as faithful. It is not such an odd thing since so often the ancient called and chosen people of God were accused of not worshiping Yahweh enough or properly.
Seeker: “They shall speak of the glory of your kingdom, and tell of your power, to make known to all people your mighty deeds, and the glorious splendor of your kingdom.” Yes, Preacher, I can see that image also. It is not one the psalmist intended; but then it was the years after the psalmist (or so one theological stream of thinking tells us) that the Israelites and Judahites went down wrong paths.
Preacher: “Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures throughout all generations. The LORD is faithful in all his words, and gracious in all his deeds.” The psalmist did have great optimism. And according to biblical commentators could see down the the coming of Jesus Christ. Yet it seems the intervening years were dim mists to him that he could not see how far astray the ancient called and chosen people would go.
Seeker: The psalmist also said, “The LORD upholds all who are falling, and raises up all who are bowed down.” That might speak to his optimism. Or he could just be referring to himself. We do need hope, Preacher, that we are never so far gone that the Divine could not lead us back.
Preacher: “The eyes of all look to you, and you give them their food in due season.” We read about this in both the Old Testament passage and Elisha’s household, and Jesus feeding the 5,000 out of five loaves and two fishes. Again, the psalmist has optimism.
Seeker: “You open your hand, satisfying the desire of every living thing.”
Preacher: “The LORD is just in all his ways, and kind in all his doings.”
Seeker: I think, Preacher, if there was a measuring rod that calculated the blessings that the faithful bestow on the Lord God, psalmist would receive high marks. And I think that would be worthy to strive for.
Preacher: “The LORD is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.” (Psalm 145:10-18) It is a very simple but efficient system, Seeker. You bless the Lord, and you are better able to see the ways that the Divine blesses you!
Seeker: Shalom & Selah, Preacher, Shalom & Selah!