This past week (that is the week I am writing during) has been a very had week. Across the country events – in creation, society, and politics – have gone in directions that have caused chaos and suffering. Revelations keep bombarding us, nature continues to suffer, and tempers are flaring for causes both good and sullied. It has been a hard week. And yet there have been enough good things going on, or at least enough things with good potential going on, that I am moving forward with hope. May be not as firmly in place as I would like, but hope nonetheless. The psalmist challenges me, beloved reader. And I would like to answer in a call and response that is strong. But the most I can do is send up my praise as a plea from intercession.
Normally I would call upon Preacher and Seeker to narrate this, but I did not feel it correct and forth right to put words and expressions of faith, and hope, that I could not stand behind. So it is just me.
“I will extol you, my God and King, and bless your name forever and ever.” (Psalm 145:1)
I do extol the Lord God. I would not have gotten this far without the support and presence of the Divine. I know enough that I could not continue with out it.
“Every day I will bless you, and praise your name forever and ever.” (Verse 2)
I do bless the Lord; but quite honestly the Lord probably bestows stronger blessing on me than I am capable of lifting up.
“Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; his greatness is unsearchable.” (Verse 3)
And it occurs to me, as I am working my way through this passage verse by verse that there does not need to be 100% evidence in my life that of the Lord’s greatness. I mean, I am not the sole proof of the majesty of the Lord God.
“One generation shall laud your works to another, and shall declare your mighty acts.” (Verse 4)
The generations that have come before me carried down to me proof of the Divine’ grace and mercy. And if I am faithful, that faithfulness may carry the word down to the next generation.
“On the glorious splendor of your majesty, and on your wondrous works, I will meditate.
The might of your awesome deeds shall be proclaimed, and I will declare your greatness.
They shall celebrate the fame of your abundant goodness, and shall sing aloud of your righteousness.” (Verses 5 – 7)
As I look towards a new week, and the challenges that may be before me, I can carry hope into this new week. Hope that I will get through. Hope that the Lord will be with me. Hope that what I do, say, write, and think will be sufficient to declare the greatness of Divine’s mighty acts and deeds. And that the Divine’s righteousness will be sung. And if my hard times continue, I can only hope and prayer that they show . . . .
“The LORD is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.” (Verse 8)
Shalom & Selah!