Second Sunday After Epiphany: The Psalm Passage – Living them out!

Your steadfast love, O Lord, extends to the heavens, your faithfulness to the clouds.
Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains, your judgments are like the great deep;
you save humans and animals alike, O Lord.” (Psalms 36:5-6)

I have to wonder at times, what the psalmist did when not writing psalms. If, as is one common belief states, King David was the author of many of the psalms then the psalmist was very busy being king. And perhaps writing the psalms was one way that David practiced spiritual discipline.

But as powerful as the psalms are, and they are full of power, they do not constitute all of life. That is, you cannot write and sing psalms 24/7. Because, in order to live out what the psalms are taking about, you need to put down your quill, get off your “throne” and go out into the world and live them out! As much as I appreciate the psalms, being surrounded by them all day and all night is not going to get you far in this Christian life.

How precious is your steadfast love, O God! All people may take refuge in the shadow of your wings.” (Verse 7)

Because, truth to tell, for others in the world believers have to be out in the world doing the work of God so that those oppressed and in need will feel the presence of the Lord through the actions of others.

“They feast on the abundance of your house, and you give them drink from the river of your delights.
For with you is the fountain of life; in your light we see light.” (Verses 8-9)

I like planning on posting the Psalm Passages on Saturday so they can carry us into Sunday; and I like writing on the Psalm Passages so that it puts ups in the frame of mind to enter our Sabbath times with joy and reverence. But it is what we DO on the other days of the week that give strength and testimony to our Sabbath worship. Thanks be to God that it is the same Lord we worship on the Sabbath that leads us out into the week so that we might fulfill the message of the Psalms passages.

May your Sabbath prayer be . . . “O continue your steadfast love to those who know you, and your salvation to the upright of heart!” (Verse 10) . . . . not only on your Sabbath but every day in-between! Selah!

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About Carole Boshart

I have two blogs on WordPress. "A Simple Desire" which is based on the daily "Sips of Scripture" published and sent out by Third Way Cafe. "Pondering From the Pacific" is based on my reflections on the world - sometimes religious/spiritual, and sometimes not so much.

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