Psalm 89: 1-18
1 Your love, O LORD, for ever will I sing; *
from age to age my mouth will proclaim your faithfulness.
2 For I am persuaded that your love is established for ever; *
you have set your faithfulness firmly in the heavens.
3 "I have made a covenant with my chosen one; *
I have sworn an oath to David my servant:
4 'I will establish your line for ever, *
and preserve your throne for all generations.'"
5 The heavens bear witness to your wonders, O LORD, *
and to your faithfulness in the assembly of the holy ones;
6 For who in the skies can be compared to the LORD? *
who is like the LORD among the gods?
7 God is much to be feared in the council of the holy ones, *
great and terrible to all those round about him.
8 Who is like you, LORD God of hosts? *
O mighty LORD, your faithfulness is all around you.
9 You rule the raging of the sea *
and still the surging of its waves.
10 You have crushed Rahab of the deep with a deadly wound; *
you have scattered your enemies with your mighty arm.
11 Yours are the heavens; the earth also is yours; *
you laid the foundations of the world and all that is in it.
12 You have made the north and the south; *
Tabor and Hermon rejoice in your Name.
13 You have a mighty arm; *
strong is your hand and high is your right hand.
14 Righteousness and justice are the foundations of your throne; *
love and truth go before your face.
15 Happy are the people who know the festal shout! *
they walk, O LORD, in the light of your presence.
16 They rejoice daily in your Name; *
they are jubilant in your righteousness.
17 For you are the glory of their strength, *
and by your favor our might is exalted.
18 Truly, the LORD is our ruler; *
The Holy One of Israel is our King.
What do you love? Who do you love? We use the word love so often that its depth and breadth have been stripped. However, God's love has not been stripped away, even if our imaginations cannot begin to conceive of the fullness of God, and God's love for us.
What do you love? What do you truly love? There may be glimpses of God's love for us in the midst of the love we have for one another. Reflecting on the people we love, and on the activities we love is helpful as we strive to more fully sense and feel God's everpresent love, faithfulness, and loving-kindness for us. We only have to turn aside and see the many many burning bushes that God gives us to remind us of God's love. We only have to turn around and see that God is running to greet us with open arms after our time away as the Prodigal Child. God's love is ever with us. May we have the eyes and ears and hearts to know it.
~The Rev. Peter M. Carey