Sunday morning, no rush to get to Mass until this afternoon …. so, it’s a little different today. This evening, I make my way to Lincoln to officially begin my time at my new assignment. As I sip my cup of coffee this morning, I thought of today’s psalm:
I will praise you Lord for you have rescued me. (Psalm 30)
It’s a psam of thanksgiving from how God delivers a sickly person from death. THe 30th psalm is a pinnacle example of an individual’s praise to Almighty God.
The psalmist’s thanksgiving is not done in the silence of his room. He announces it in the temple by exhorting God’s people, “Sing praise to the LORD, you faithful; give thanks to his holy memory. For his anger lasts but a moment; his favor a lifetime. At dusk weeping comes from the night, but at dawn there is rejoicing” (v.5-6) This is prime example that our relationship is a dynamic one with Almighty God. God delivers us out of mercy and love, we extol him before the assembly, so that others may know their favor before the Almighty —– therefore, knowing God, experiencing God, loving God is never an individual affair. This dynamic relationship is utterly communal.
God is the source of everything that is true, beautiful, and good. God is relational because God is love (cf. 1 John 4:8). And if God is Love, God is far beyond a private affair. From God flows the relationships in which we nourish, foster, and sustain.
In Psalm 30, we find a great juxtaposition of opposites: anger and favor, evening and morning, mountain and pit. It is a reflection of the Christian life as the Christian faces joys and sorrows, life and death, anguish and joy. Yet, at the heart of these opposites, we are sustained by Jesus Christ who allows these juxtapositions in order to purify us, create us anew, and renew his covenant with us. If this is the meaning of authentic, dynamic love …. then I am eternally grateful to God.
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