“God claims Earth and everything in it, God claims World and all who live on it.
He built it on Ocean foundations, laid it out on River girders.
Who can climb Mount God? Who can scale the holy north-face?
Only the clean-handed, only the pure-hearted; Men who won’t cheat, women who won’t seduce.
God is at their side; with God’s help they make it.
This, Jacob, is what happens to God-seekers, God-questers.” (Psalm 24, The Message. Verses 1 to 6)
Sometimes, beloved readers, you have to tell it like it is. Sometimes you need to speak plainly and clearly. The Message does just that, keeping within “biblical language.” It is not as plainly said as our modern day vocabulary, but it is close.
“Wake up, you sleepyhead city! Wake up, you sleepyhead people!
King-Glory is ready to enter.” (Verse 7)
The Message neither over states or under states, according to what the original writer of the passage intended. And for someone who over states or under states to make a point and drive home a truth, it is a good safety check. I would have over stated the “sleepyhead” part. It is true; the intended audience had just drifted away but had not turned from God. It is a wake up call and not a call to people who live at the ends of wickedness and utter sin. In this way it speak to a gentle call and return, a renewal and recommitment which it the theme for this lectionary year.
“Who is this King-Glory?
God, armed and battle-ready.
Wake up, you sleepyhead city! Wake up, you sleepyhead people!
King-Glory is ready to enter.
Who is this King-Glory?
God-of-the-Angel-Armies: he is King-Glory. (Verses 8 to 10)
So, wake up beloved reader! Wake up to a new day in the Lord! Ready yourself to meet you King of Glory in your day. Selah!
[Post-script: It has not escaped my attention that this is also a reading as a part of All Saints Day. And it occurs to me that as long as we are alive and awake each day, it behooves us to search for God and seek the Lord’s counsel and direction. That is why my perspective is towards the living and not those who have passed. Although those who have passed do “awake” to new life in the Lord.
I also realize it is Halloween, and that as such another perspective held today is “dark” and “spooky”. Those things should not exist in the Christian’s world because we have a God of light. But . . . there is no harm in partaking of the festivities of this day as long as we realize it is pretend and for gentle entertainment. Finally, tonight we (those of us who are in this hemisphere) say good bye to daylight savings time and enter into the “darker” times of fall and winter. May our Lord of light illuminate all of our days! Selah – again!]