Today's Lectionary Text
Praise the Lord!
Blessed be the name of the Lord
Who is like the Lord our God,
Several years ago, as I was reading through the book of Psalms as my daily scripture reading, I decided to start a log of every Psalm that had words or phrases which I recognized from a hymn or contemporary Christian song. Considering that Psalm means songs, I was surprised how many phrases from the Psalms were used in the music of the faith.
Words from Psalm 113:3 appear in the chorus of “Rising,” a song by Paul Baloche. “From the rising of the sun till the sun goes down, let the name of the Lord be praised.” The chorus goes on “From the sky to the depths, from the east to the west, we give you praise.” I love how this song reminds me that praise to God can and should be offered up all day long, no matter where I am.
Interestingly, the rest of the verses from the Psalm do not show up in the song. There are probably lots of reasons, but it could be that the last verses are more challenging for us to make sense of. How is it that God raises people from the dust and the ash heap to sit among the leaders? Oh, that every woman longing to have a child would find herself surrounded by children’s laughter. When will this happen, we might wonder.
The second verse of "Rising” is :
We’re gathered to go out to cities and towns
We’ll take Your Name into the nations
Shining Your light in the darkest place
People of God, in the power of God,
For the Kingdom of God, we live
Maybe it is possible that if we faithfully went out to cities and towns and nations, shining the light of God and really living out what it means to be children of God, the world as we know it could be the place where the downtrodden are lifted up.
-Rev. Nancy Lambert
Director of Clergy Excellence
Prayer for Reflection
Holy Wise One, lifting our voices in praise and song is much easier and less riskier than doing the work of sharing Your name and changing our world. May I be your hands and feet today, even if it is in a small way, so that someone may see your love and grace.
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