Praise In the Refuge

The Daily Selectionary

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Today’s Readings:

Daily Office Readings: (AM) Psalm 45; (PM) Psalm 47, 48 Isa. 9:1-7; 2 Pet. 1:12-21; Luke 22:54-69

Eucharistic Readings:  Psalm 34:1-8Zephaniah 3:1-2,9-13; Matthew 21:28-32

 

Praise in the Refuge

Christopher Hodges 

 

Psalm 34

Praise for Deliverance from Trouble

Of David, when he feigned madness before Abimelech, so that he drove him out, and he went away.1 I will bless the Lord at all times;   his praise shall continually be in my mouth. 2 My soul makes its boast in the Lord;   let the humble hear and be glad. 3 O magnify the Lord with me,   and let us exalt his name together.

4 I sought the Lord, and he answered me,   and delivered me from all my fears. 5 Look to him, and be radiant;   so your* faces shall never be ashamed. 6 This poor soul cried, and was heard by the Lord,   and was saved from every trouble. 7 The angel of the Lord encamps   around those who fear him, and delivers them. 8 O taste and see that the Lord is good;   happy are those who take refuge in him.

           I decided to embark on a Psalm today because I have all reason to praise God.  Through so many inner struggles with insecurity and fear, God is still worthy to be praised.  I look at my life now and compare it to just even a year ago and I see so many positive changes that have come to pass.  I have never immersed myself in constant ritual of the Daily Offices and in liturgy as I have done this past year, and I feel the changing inside of me to pursue God on a much deeper level than ever.  What a great thing it is to have God as a focus at all times.

            I will have to say, however, that it is not that easy.  Actually, it isn’t easy at all.  There are so many distractions around me.  There are things that take my focus off of the Divine all the time.  Even church itself can be a distraction at this time of year.  Outside of the awesome mysteries of the sacraments, there are rehearsals, performances, events to attend, dinners to prepare and dishes to clean.  Outside of church life, there are friends with which to entertain, nine hours every week day at work and a productive domesticated life at home.  I play many different roles in my life.  I am a partner in a great relationship at home.  We have two dogs we adore and to take care of.  With all the busyness outside of the house it is difficult to manage the daily up-keep to ensure it all stays in line.  Needless to say we cannot keep up with everything.  There is no way.

            “I will bless the lord at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth.”  Time may be a precious commodity and I fear that I will never be able to get all the things that I need to get done, but not a day goes by where I do not thank God for every single bit of what he has placed in my life.  I look at it all as a tapestry that He has woven just for me and he guides me through.  He knows that I can handle it.  That tapestry is a blanket created for me to keep me secure in Him.  I no longer need to worry.  I must not.  By constantly praising God and showing my appreciation to Him, his Love gifts me with the patience to see it all through.

            During this very busy season added to our already busy lives, do not find it necessary to give yourself up to the worry.  Just focus on the truths given to us by God.  “Oh magnify the Lord with me, let us exalt his name together.”

             

Daily Scripture readings are taken from The Revised Common Lectionary and can be read in full at www.satucket.com/lectionary.  NRSV translation of the Holy Scriptures.  Please feel free to pass along this email to whomever you feel may benefit from it. – Christopher Hodges  2010   email: ChristopherHodgeWriter@gmail.com

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