Pondering for Monday, November 4, 2019

Daily Office Readings for Monday of Proper 26 Year 1

AM Psalm 56, 57, [58]; PM Psalm 64, 65 Neh. 6:1-19; Rev. 10:1-11; Matt. 13:36-43

Psalm 57:7, 8, 9

My heart is firmly fixed, O God, my heart is fixed;
I will sing and make melody.

Wake up, my spirit;
awake, lute and harp;
I myself will waken the dawn.

 I will confess you among the peoples, O Lord;
I will sing praise to you among the nations.

I played guitar with my friend David last night. He is a patient teacher.  We go over and over musical chords until I get it.  It really makes me happy when I can keep up with him.  It makes me even happier when I can play Christian music as part of my own personal worship and prayer life.

For the most part I am not a fan of the Psalms, but some of them strike a chord with me, pun intended. I care less for words that want God to punish my enemies and I care more for words that reflect my heart being fixed on the love of God. But I am evolving, I am still a work in progress even though I have felt this way for a long time now.

Singing hymns often has us standing side by side as we embrace the melody.  Whether we are in pews or just standing and singing, we find ourselves shoulder to shoulder harmonizing for God.  It is the same when playing instruments; we tend to be side by side as we read the music.  This is the position of prayer also.  We don’t pray “to” each other, we pray “with” each other.  This is the way to raise children, playing and praying with them, side by side.  One of the most precious sights I have ever seen was one of our parish pianist and her very young daughter sitting at a piano and playing during the service. Their hearts were firmly fixed O Lord, their hearts are fixed.  And we sang and made melody.

Let us hear what the Spirit is saying to and through the saints of God and then ponder anew what the Almighty can do.  John+

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