My Story

19 Oct

I am amazed at how little I knew the psalm before beginning this blogging thing.  I love Psalm 30 and it reminds me of important parts of my journey of faith.

“I give you all the credit, God—
you got me out of that mess,
you didn’t let my foes gloat.

2-3 God, my God, I yelled for help
and you put me together.
God, you pulled me out of the grave,
gave me another chance at life
when I was down-and-out.

The phrase that Eguene Peterson paraphrases ‘pulled me out of the grave’. is translated, ‘redeemed my life from the pit’ in the New Revised Standard Version of the bible.  I tell you this in order to tell you of an experience that has stayed with me for a couple of decades.  I was working on an Emmaus weekend – this is a Spiritual Life Retreat for adults – the youth version is called Chrysalis.  One of the clergy women who was working on the weekend with me asked me why I talked so freely about my faith in God.  My response was, “because he redeemed my life from the pit.”  It was a psalm phrase I had learned recently, and it fit my life perfectly.

My life was a mess of teenage intensity and isolation.  When I committed my life to God it began a journey that has given my life meaning and direction and peace.  So, this psalm speaks to me very personally.  So. . .

 “All you saints! Sing your hearts out to God!
Thank him to his face!
He gets angry once in a while, but across
a lifetime there is only love.
The nights of crying your eyes out
give way to days of laughter.”

I have felt that love over a life time.   I have known that nights of tears, but the days of laughter have lasted much longer.  It is to God’s grace that I attribute the joy and peace in my life.  As the writer ends this psalm by saying,

“You did it: you changed wild lament
into whirling dance;
You ripped off my black mourning band
and decked me with wildflowers.
I’m about to burst with song;
I can’t keep quiet about you.
God, my God,
I can’t thank you enough.”

I add my Amen.  I pray you find this same joy in your life.

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