Seeker: “From you comes my praise in the great congregation; my vows I will pay before those who fear him.”
Preacher: We shall praise God forever! Before those who know our Lord and before those for whom the Lord is unknown, we shall speak of our God!
Seeker: “The poor shall eat and be satisfied; those who seek him shall praise the Lord.
Preacher: Those who come to know our Lord shall find all of their deepest needs are met. All shall praise the Lord!
Seeker: May your hearts live forever!
Preacher: Amen! Selah!
Seeker: “All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the Lord; and all the families of the nations shall worship before him.”
Preacher: There will come a day when all of creation and all of humanity shall know the Lord, and turn to the Lord.
Seeker: “For dominion belongs to the Lord, and he rules over the nations.”
Preacher: And the Lord shall rule over all of humanity and all of creation, not sure above in the heavens, but on the new earth.
Seeker: “To him, indeed, shall all who sleep in the earth bow down; before him shall bow all who go down to the dust, and I shall live for him.”
Preacher: The Lord shall rule over all who have passed over from this life to the next; those living and those who have lived will call the Lord their God. And I shall call the Lord my God.
Seeker: “Posterity will serve him; future generations will be told about the Lord, and proclaim his deliverance to a people yet unborn, saying that he has done it.”
Preacher: The future is spread out before our Lord, and our Lord rules over it. There is no one and no thing that shall not recognize the absolute authority of our God’s rule. All that people that have come and come, all the people who are here now, and all the people who are to come will call God their Lord and Ruler. The Lord has accomplished what the Divine has set out to do. Amen! Selah!
Psalm 22 was also one of the readings for Friday of Holy Week. I had decided that rather than commenting on it further, I would give over its recitation to Preacher and Seeker. These scriptural conversations are meant not just to be read silently, but to be read aloud and perhaps used within a circle of faith. I have been privileged in the past to write responsive and choral readings for worship services, and would be honored if you, beloved reader, would make use of them. Shalom!