Read | Psalm 26
Vindicate me, Lord,
for I have led a blameless life;
I have trusted in the Lord
and have not faltered.
Test me, Lord, and try me,
examine my heart and my mind;
for I have always been mindful of your unfailing love
and have lived in reliance on your faithfulness.
I do not sit with the deceitful,
nor do I associate with hypocrites.
I abhor the assembly of evildoers
and refuse to sit with the wicked.
I wash my hands in innocence,
and go about your altar, Lord,
proclaiming aloud your praise
and telling of all your wonderful deeds.
Lord, I love the house where you live,
the place where your glory dwells.
Do not take away my soul along with sinners,
my life with those who are bloodthirsty,
in whose hands are wicked schemes,
whose right hands are full of bribes.
I lead a blameless life;
deliver me and be merciful to me.
My feet stand on level ground;
in the great congregation I will praise the Lord.
Respond | Ian Graham
I scrub my hands with purest soap,
then join hands with the others in the great circle,
dancing around your altar, God,
Singing God-songs at the top of my lungs,
God, I love living with you;
your house glows with your glory.
This is from Eugene Peterson’s message translation and it, seems, um, somewhat timely. Personally, I am holding this out as a vision for the joy of being together. I’ve talked to many Ecclesians who feel distant and disconnected and to that I say, “Good, you should feel that way.” Not in a callous way or that I am not showing empathy to their feelings; but, that feeling of loss and ache for more serves as a reminder that the assembled body of Christ “singing God-songs” at the top of our lungs and “telling God-stories” glows with a glory that no screen will ever compare to. We press on with the constraints of our current reality but we hope for the future when we will gather again.