Kum-ba-ya

16 Feb

A friend’s son told her, “Mom, you just want the whole world to hold hands and sing Kum-ba-ya.  Well, I think the writer of Psalm 67 would agree.

1-7 God, mark us with grace
and blessing! Smile!
The whole country will see how you work,
all the godless nations see how you save.
God! Let people thank and enjoy you.
Let all people thank and enjoy you.
Let all far-flung people become happy
and shout their happiness because
You judge them fair and square,
you tend the far-flung peoples.
God! Let people thank and enjoy you.
Let all people thank and enjoy you.
Earth, display your exuberance!
You mark us with blessing, O God, our God.
You mark us with blessing, O God.
Earth’s four corners—honor him!

The psalmist talks about the whole world seeing how God works.  I wonder how the writer thought that would happen.  I know in my youth I thought people would see all that God had done for our lives and our world and be happy to worship God.  That has not proved to be a very accurate line of thought.  Yet, couldn’t we show how God works in the choices we make in our life?  Couldn’t we live lives that convinced people that God is a God of power and grace and hope and creativity.

Couldn’t we all hold hands and sing Kum-ba-ya??

Oh well, maybe for one more day we can find a reason to add our praise to the psalmist’s song, maybe for one more day we could ask for God’s strength to live as a witness to the joy of following God.

It is worth a try.

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