Proverbs 8: 27-31 (NRSVA)
27 When he established the heavens, I was there,
when he drew a circle on the face of the deep,
28 when he made firm the skies above,
when he established the fountains of the deep,
29 when he assigned to the sea its limit,
so that the waters might not transgress his command,
when he marked out the foundations of the earth,
30 then I was beside him, like a master worker;
and I was daily his delight,
rejoicing before him always,
31 rejoicing in his inhabited world
and delighting in the human race.
This poem about creation resounds with playful pleasure. “Wisdom”, the forerunner of John’s “Word” for the eternal Christ, is having fun making the world. Here is the “craftsman” who takes great pleasure in making each part of the universe, as surely as a potter shapes her clay, or the violin-maker creates music out of wood and strings.
“I was filled with delight day after day, rejoicing in his presence, rejoicing in his whole world, and delighting in humankind.”
Listen to these words of Wisdom of how to find delight, day after day:
- rejoice in God’s presence;
- rejoice in the world he has made, and
- delight in the people around us.
That sounds like Wisdom for a happy life.
Sing over us, God, your songs of love
Till the long unloved begin to sing again
And the too long abused find joy again.
Sing over us, God, your songs of peace
Till the busy minds are stilled
And the anxious hearts are at rest.
Sing over us, God, your songs of hope
Till grieving families can lift their heads
And broken hearts find their smile again.
Sing over us, God, your songs delight
Till our self-doubt is dissolved in your pleasure
And our faltering faith flourishes in your presence.
Put a new song into new hearts
Across our community, and across our nation,
Finding a new delight in Jesus, the Wisdom of God. AMEN