Seeker: “Let me hear what God the LORD will speak, for he will speak peace to his people, to his faithful, to those who turn to him in their hearts.”

Preacher: If we ready ourselves to hear the Lord, the Divine will speak to us – this is true. But what the psalmist does not reveal is the way the Lord God will speak. The Lord God picks many – countless in fact – mediums and modes to speak to us. Now, we have the bible; and it is a good form of communication that the Divine uses. But we must remember that the words, while most of the time and most probably inspired by the Divine, are the words of men and women. The Lord God speaks through them, but it is not the speech of the Lord God. And yes, nature is not the Lord God speaking but using nature to stir our hearts and be ready. Music too is the invention and convention of humanity; but when it soars in the air, in our ears, and in our hearts – it can sound and feel like the Divine. Art, the creative spark of the Divine manifested in the imagination of humanity. And the ways go on; we, humanity, use our abilities to channel communication from the Divine to humanity. But it is not directly from the Divine. That communication comes to our soul and spirit; yes, we say we receive it in our hearts. But that heart is not the four chambered organ in our chest that pumps our blood. The only time there was clear communication from the vocal cords of the Divine to the auditory organ of humanity was when Jesus walked the earth. ALL communications – both in the Old and New Testament – must be measured against that. And even THEN, it is conveyed to us through the words of humanity. That is why it is essential that we prepare our eternal spirit to take in and absorb the Spiritual communication from the Divine!

Seeker: “Surely his salvation is at hand for those who fear him, that his glory may dwell in our land.”

Preacher: In the “limited” view of the psalmist, I am sure this is true. But we know that the Lord’s salvation is not just for those who fear the Divine. It is for all who dwell on earth. And just like we need to prepare ourselves to hear the word of the Divine, we need to prepare ourselves to receive the salvation of the Lord. If we are to receive the salvation that was exemplified most clearly by Jesus the Messiah, we must believe it and believe in it – and live it out. If we turn our backs on it, or stray away from it – we must be prepared for those consequences too. The salvation was there also in the Old Testament stories. Buried in there, waiting to be discovered like precious treasure, was/is salvation. We study it and exegete it, ponder it, and write about it – both Old & New Testament. Sometimes we even get it right! And when we do, yes, there is glory! We glory in the Divine, and the Divine is pleased with us!

Seeker: “Steadfast love and faithfulness will meet; righteousness and peace will kiss each other.”

Preacher; A Holy Kiss, Seeker, a Holy Kiss!

Seeker: “Faithfulness will spring up from the ground, and righteousness will look down from the sky. The LORD will give what is good, and our land will yield its increase. Righteousness will go before him, and will make a path for his steps.” ( Psalm 85:8-13)

Preacher: What does faithfulness look like? What does righteousness taste like? How do we what is good? And what yield of the land do we seek? We will only know these things if our spiritual heart, spirit, and soul are prepared! We need to be ready for the Lord God. Not in a “Second Coming” kind of way, but every day! Each day when we arise, we should be ready for faithfulness and righteousness. We should be ready to receive the good gifts from the Lord God; and if we find no good, we should pray that we might make what is given to us good; and/or take the opportunity to turn what is given into goodness. Then our lives will increase – because we have sought the Lord. The Righteousness that is Divine and from the Lord God Jesus Christ will lead us to righteousness that is lived our by humanity. Both by our living it out and being an example to others in how to live out a Christian life. This is our challenge as believers in the Divine. I pray that we have the courage and fortitude from the Divine to live it out!

Seeker: Shalom & Selah, Preacher, Shalom & Selah!