Seeker: “I give you thanks, O LORD, with my whole heart; before the gods I sing your praise; . . .”
Preacher: Is it that time of the week again, Seeker?
Seeker: Any time is a good time to praise the Divine, Preacher. But yes, it is that time of the week again.
Preacher: Where have we journey from and to this week?
Seeker: We are still considering the called and chosen people – from the past through current day. We heard from Isaiah reminding the people of the example of Abraham and Sarah, and how faith comes down through our spiritual ancestors. That if the Divine did great things through them, the Divine will also use us.
Preacher: The psalmist might have been thinking about that when he wrote, “I bow down toward your holy temple and give thanks to your name for your steadfast love and your faithfulness; for you have exalted your name and your word above everything.”
Seeker: “On the day I called, you answered me, you increased my strength of soul.” We have also considered the varying aspect of “Called” and “Chosen”; that the Divine calls to us, and we call on the Divine. That the Divine chose us, and we chose the Divine.
Preacher: “All the kings of the earth shall praise you, O LORD, for they have heard the words of your mouth. They shall sing of the ways of the LORD, for great is the glory of the LORD.” The story of Abraham and Sarah and the story of the Early Christian Church remind me of each other. This is both a joy and a sadness. Abraham & Sarah, and their descendants took pride in the fact that they were creating a nation for and under the Divine. But generations down the road diverged from the path set out by the Divine. And the Early Church with the apostles to guide it, started out well; but as we see, the Christian church, that is many parts of it, have diverged from what it was first called to be. And yet the Divine is faithful, compassionate, and merciful.
Seeker: “For though the LORD is high, he regards the lowly; but the haughty he perceives from far away.” Let it never be said of me, Preacher, that the Lord God perceives me from afar. I want to walk as closely as possible with the Lord God and Jesus Christ.
Preacher: I will pray for you, and if you will pray for me, that “Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve me against the wrath of my enemies; you stretch out your hand, and your right hand delivers me.” And also preserves us from our own folly, Seeker.
Seeker: “The LORD will fulfill his purpose for me; your steadfast love, O LORD, endures forever. Do not forsake the work of your hands.” ( Psalm 138) We, Preacher, are in a way the work of the Lord God’s hands. We have been called, and call on the Lord God. We have been chosen, and chose the Divine. The Lord God’s purpose will be fulfilled in us, as it was with Abraham & Sarah, and their offspring. And in the converts that the apostles taught and mentored.
Preacher: Shalom & Selah, Seeker. Shalom & Selah!