Seeker: “When the LORD restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dream.”
Preacher: “Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with shouts of joy; then it was said among the nations, “The LORD has done great things for them.”
Seeker: I have to tell you, Preacher, I have found in the modern world “psalmist” who lift me up as much as the Psalmist(s) in the Old Testament.
Preacher: I know, Seeker. I have found them also. There is no need to feel chagrined at that. Some of the modern psalmist have put the words of the psalms to different melodies and rhythms. But the Divine’s truth speak truth through those who have pledged to hear it and testify to it. You and I, Seeker have done the same. We have spoken the truths that the Divine has spoken to us. We may not have it set it to a tune, but our “songs” of praise, thanksgiving, and adoration are set forth into the world. It is then the Spirit of the Divine who guides it to those who need it. We, Seeker, have been given a mission; and as far as I know, we have carried out faithfully.
Seeker: “The LORD has done great things for us, and we rejoiced.” I know I have, and I am sure you have also Preacher, measured the words that I speak and make sure they in align with authentic faith and worship. Oh yes, we have fun and have our playful times. Christianity is not a faith devoid of humor and joy. But I do not believe we have spoken falsehoods.
Preacher: Yes, I too have taken care. And have asked for guidance and direction at every (or most every) turn. And when I have been lost and confused, I have brought it to the Divine. And miraculously the way is made clear.
Seeker: “Restore our fortunes, O LORD, like the watercourses in the Negeb.”
Preacher: I believe, Seeker, that at our core we are not so different from the psalmist in seeking the Lord God and seeking the correct path. He had his journey, and we have ours. Being a person after God’s own heart is a hard thing – a very hard thing. Testing and discerning; praying and stepping out in faith. The times when a sign or symbol affirms us in our lives help so much in staying the course. The only thing harder, I think, would be living without the guidance, direction, and assistance of the Divine.
Seeker: “May those who sow in tears reap with shouts of joy. Those who go out weeping, bearing the seed for sowing, shall come home with shouts of joy, carrying their sheaves.” (Psalm 126)
Preacher: Shalom & Selah, Seeker, Shalom & Selah!