Preacher: “I will sing of your steadfast love, O LORD, forever; with my mouth I will proclaim your faithfulness to all generations.”
Seeker: That is a different “tune” than you were singing last week, Preacher.
Preacher: I think the psalmist’s mood is better too. Talking about one’s hard places and challenges can be very helpful; either talking to another person, or talking to the Lord. The psalmist’s writings may be available to us, the readers. But I like to believe that when first composed, they were missives to the Divine.
Seeker: Yes, praying when the heart is weeping is a good thing to do. So is praying when the heart is full of joy.
Preacher: “I declare that your steadfast love is established forever; your faithfulness is as firm as the heavens.”
Seeker: Actually, the Lord is as faithful to us when we are in the midst of despair as when we are filled with joy and laughter.
Preacher: “You said, “I have made a covenant with my chosen one, I have sworn to my servant David: ‘I will establish your descendants forever, and build your throne for all generations.'” Selah”
Seeker: That covenant comes down to us, in a way, doesn’t Preacher? Not that we get a throne, but beyond our lives there will be Christians who adhere to the Divine’s direction and Jesus’ model for living. The throne is now occupied by the rightful ruler of all people, the Divine who is composed of three broad aspects we name Creator Lord, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Presence.
Preacher: Things work best when we have only the Divine as a our Ruler and King. The psalmist says, “Happy are the people who know the festal shout, who walk, O LORD, in the light of your countenance; they exult in your name all day long, and extol your righteousness.”
Seeker: Life would be so much better if the law of love and compassion were followed by all of humanity. We think things are so hard in life, that we are weighed down by so much. And that weight causes us to do terrible, terrible things. I do not mean to pick on any specific individual; society and humanity as a corporate group now and throughout history have done such gruesome things. We, again meaning society, recognize it and react to it . . . . . well, in diverse ways. Some defend it. Some propagate it. Some consign it to history, and either determine never to do it again or (sadly) find reasons to do it again. And some, praise to the Lord, repent of it and work towards a time when it is never done again. If society would but invoke the Divine to help us – I think it would be easier to repent of the corporate sin and mend our ways permanently. The psalmist said, “For you are the glory of their strength; by your favor our horn is exalted.”
Preacher: “For our shield belongs to the LORD, our king to the Holy One of Israel.” (Psalm 89:1-4, 15-18) Yes Seeker, would that we would rely totally on the Divine for all things. It was something that the Israelites tried to do. With limited success. And it is, though not always appearing so, our society tries to do. And, with limited success. The best we can hope for is to increase our success rate. And we have succeed completely, then we will have heaven on earth. Let us look forward to the time. And may we be inspired by the Divine to make that dream a reality. Shalom and Selah, Seeker!
Seeker: Shalom & Selah!