Preacher: “Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion, which cannot be moved, but abides forever.”
Seeker 1: Those who place their trust in the Lord God are firmly rooted in their faith. What ever happens in their lives, they look to God for help and strength. And the Lord God does not fail them.
Preacher: “As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the Lord surrounds his people, from this time on and forevermore.”
Seeker 1: We can depend on the Lord to encircle us with love, care, understanding, mercy and forgiveness. We are not “protected” so that nothing bad will happen to us. But what ever happens, we are never alone!
Preacher: “For the scepter of wickedness shall not rest on the land allotted to the righteous, so that the righteous might not stretch out their hands to do wrong.”
Seeker 1: Our Lord will keep the influence of the wicked from those who seek to remain faithful to our Lord’s commandments.
Seeker 2: Oh come now! All are sinners! All of us are influenced by those things that are wicked!
Seeker 1: Yes, young seeker. Even good people can fail and do bad things. But then in the Lord’s eyes they are no longer righteous!
Preacher: “Do good, O Lord, to those who are good, and to those who are upright in their hearts.”
Seeker 1: The Lord will continue to reside with the righteous, and walk with them as they walk with the Lord.
Seeker 2: And . . . what of those who no longer walk with the Lord?
Preacher: “But those who turn aside to their own crooked ways the Lord will lead away with evildoers.”
Seeker 1: May the Lord guide us along the correct path, calling us back when we go astray.
Seeker 2: The Lord will do this? The Divine will not leave us forsaken in our sin?
Seeker 1: Listen for the voice of correction from the Lord, young seeker. Listen also to the guidance and counsel of fellow believers.
Seeker 2: What guarantee do we have that the Lord will do this?
Preacher: “Peace be upon Israel!” (Psalms125)
Seeker 1: Shalom is the Lord’s gift and blessing to us. Wholeness and well-being will be ours when we renew and recommitment ourselves to the Lord. Selah!
With the addition of a second Seeker’s voice, I am hoping to present several perspectives on the scripture passages. Sometimes a little skepticism and a “just learning about faith issues” approach can open up a passage, and those who are well set in their beliefs can be reminded anew of the depth and breadth of the Lord’s compassion and desire to be in relationship to us. Selah indeed!