“O taste and see that the Lord is
happy are those who take refuge
O fear the Lord, you his holy
for those who fear him have no
want.” (Psalm 34:8-9 NRSV)
I love this evening’s psalms, especially 34. To begin with
“I will bless the Lord at all times;
his praise shall continually be in
Such a good reminder of our constant call to gratitude….to praise and adoration.
I was reflecting today on how the church seems to slide so easily into this program-maintenance model. It is so tempting for us, to have these regulated and measured spaces….to show that we’ve “done something.” And, we do need to be reasonable, dare I say “practical” in our ministry. We have to function, after all. Right?
What does it mean to “function” in ministry, to be successful, when we have Psalms like 34 as our anchor, as the ground in which we take root? How do we shape and measure metrics when we are called to “bless the Lord at all times” and “taste and see that the Lord is good?” We live in interesting days in the church, times when we can finally–finally!–let go of this illusion of coasting on our institutional history, on our pride and cultural weight. Now, we get real.
Hear what Norman Fischer describes in his interpretation. I think it’s spot on….
“Every moment I bless you
Your praise is always in my mouth
My soul boasts of you
The humble hear it and rejoice.
Holy ones, be awestruck in God
And you’ll want nothing more
Come, children, listen to me
I will teach you how to fall back in awe…”
Wow…..I want to have a conversation about measuring metrics when our “mission” is “to fall back in awe.” That’s a conversation I want to have!