Daily Office Readings for Thursday Proper 12 of Year 1
21 You strengthen me more and more; *
you enfold and comfort me,
22 Therefore I will praise you upon the lyre for
faithfulness, O my God; *
I will sing to you with the harp, O Holy One of Israel.
23 My lips will sing with joy when I play to you, *
and so will my soul, which you have redeemed.
(Psalm 71: 21 – 23)
All of the readings for today are interesting but these words of the Psalmist hold a special place for me right now. Some of you may recall that at one time I was pondering “faith, fitness and music.” While I have restricted my posted pondering to just faith, or theological studies, I continue with my pondering habits of fitness and music. And these words today strike a special “chord” with me today (pun intended).
Yesterday I shared with you how God sent a friend to me when I needed him and as a result I became an Episcopalian, and now a priest in the Episcopal Church. It is happening again. God has sent a friend to me to keep me going with guitar improvements. This dear friend comes to our Wednesday night healing service and then spends time with me playing chords on our guitars after the service. What a blessing!
I led my small gathering last night in singing “Let us break bread together….” at the healing service without guitars or any instruments. I like music. I realize not everybody does. But I believe God wants us to sing regardless of ability. So as David the Psalmist says, “I will sing to you with the harp, O Holy One of Israel.” Of course my harp is a guitar. I told one of my parishioners that my guitar is coming soon to the healing service. I pray it has a healing effect.
My message to you is this. God has a plan. God is watching and placing people where they need to be in order to make the plan work. I’ve already told you about God’s eternal patience. God works in incremental steps, a little bit at a time. Be aware of who comes to you or who you are sent to. How do you know it’s a God send? Well, what did you pray for? It’s up to God “how or who” God chooses to do it. But God answers prayer.
I think God wants me to make music now. Therefore, “My lips will sing with joy when I play to you, and so will my soul, which you have redeemed.” (Psalm 71: 23)
Let us hear what the Spirit is saying to (and through) God’s people. John+