Tuesday, September 7, 2021
Today, in God’s Lavish Mercy, we pray with Psalm 145 in which the psalmist, filled with gratitude and joy, makes a prodigious promise:
Every day will I bless you,Psalm 145:2
and I will praise your name forever and ever.
Everyday! Forever and ever!
Such a promise requires all one’s attention, discipline and practice. We must learn to see all experience in God’s Light so that everything becomes a reason for praise.
Paul, guiding the Colossians to live that kind of life, tells them:
As you received Christ Jesus the Lord, walk in him,Colossians 2:6-7
rooted in him and built upon him
and established in the faith as you were taught,
abounding in thanksgiving.
God is gracious and merciful toward us as we pray for the psalmist’s prayer to be fulfilled in us and in our lives:
Let all your works give you thanks, O LORD,Psalm 145:10-11
and let your faithful ones bless you.
Let them discourse of the glory of your Kingdom
and speak of your might.
Poetry: from the Book of Hours – Rainer Maria Rilke
You are the future, the great sunrise red above the broad plains of eternity. You are the cock-crow when time’s night has fled, You are the dew, the matins, and the maid, the stranger and the mother, you are death. You are the changeful shape that out of Fate rears up in everlasting solitude, the unlamented and the unacclaimed, beyond describing as some savage wood. You are the deep epitome of things that keeps its being’s secret with locked lip, and shows itself to others otherwise: to the ship, a haven — to the land, a ship.
Music: Psalm 145 – Travis Cottrel