The tasks of integrity
1 It is good to give thanks to the Lord,
to sing praises to your name, O Most High;
2 to declare your steadfast love in the morning,
and your faithfulness by night,
3 to the music of the lute and the harp,
to the melody of the lyre.
4 For you, O Lord, have made me glad by your work;
at the works of your hands I sing for joy.
5 How great are your works, O Lord!
Your thoughts are very deep!
6 The dullard cannot know,
the stupid cannot understand this:
7 though the wicked sprout like grass
and all evildoers flourish,
they are doomed to destruction for ever,
8 but you, O Lord, are on high for ever.
9 For your enemies, O Lord,
for your enemies shall perish;
all evildoers shall be scattered.
10 But you have exalted my horn like that of the wild ox;
you have poured over me[a] fresh oil.
11 My eyes have seen the downfall of my enemies;
my ears have heard the doom of my evil assailants.
12 The righteous flourish like the palm tree,
and grow like a cedar in Lebanon.
13 They are planted in the house of the Lord;
they flourish in the courts of our God.
14 In old age they still produce fruit;
they are always green and full of sap,
15 showing that the Lord is upright;
he is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him.
It’s hard work being a Follower of Jesus, for sometimes He leads along roads we would rather not walk. During those hard times it is easy for us to slip into a place where we allow ourselves the foolish luxury of wallowing in self-pity.
In Christ’s kingdom, we are tasked with having integrity, which means that we acknowledge our difficulties before our loving God, seek support from our sisters and brothers and practice the daily rituals that steadfast love necessitates. Namely, intentionally noticing signs of the Divine all around. The birds singing, the eyes of a baby, the tiny veins of a leaf, the smile of a stranger, the colour of the sea, a dog wagging his tail, the beautiful aromas all around us. It means intentionally calling to mind the stories and songs of our Faith that remind us of God’s faithfulness, God’s steadfast love and it means actively hoping that the bend in the road up ahead will take us on an easier path for a wee while.
All of creation bows down before Your name.
In adoration sun, moon and stars proclaim Your great love.
Whales pirouette and birds sing in symphony
Love is the reason, Love calls us all to see.
And we sing glory! Glory! Glory to You!
All that lives sings glory! Glory! Glory to, glory to the living God. Amen.