Saturday, August 28, 2010
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Wisdom, you have made your home with usfrom one generation to the next,Before the mountains rose from the sea,or the land and the earth were formed,from age to age you are God. (Psalm 90)
Sustain us, O God, for our refuge is in you.
Let the sea make a noise and all that is in it,the lands and those who dwell therein.Let the rivers clap their hands,and let the hills ring out joy before One Who Is. (Psalm 98)Praise I AM from the earth,you sea creatures and the depths;Fire and hail, snow and fog,tempestuous wind, doing God's will;Mountains and hills,fruit trees and all cedars;Wild creatures and domesticated,creeping beings and winged ones.Let these praise the Name: One Who Is,for the Name alone is glorified,Whose grandeur fills heaven and earth.(Psalm 148)
Friday, August 20, 2010
O name of Jesus,key to all gifts,open up for methe great doorto your treasure-house,that I may enterand praise youwith the praisethat comesfrom the heart.
One thing is clear. Praise is not all alleluias and hosannas. If it were, the Psalter would not be listed as “praise.” There is, however, a common thread that runs through the Psalter, regardless of the devotional mood of the individual Psalm. It is the motif of dependency. Regardless of the difficulty that surrounds the individual Psalmist, the solution to the difficulty is always found in trust in and dependence on God….the act of dependence itself becomes the beginning of praise, from which its proclamation comes. (Clifford W. Atkinson, Study Guide for The Daily Office: Proposed Book of Common Prayer, 11)