No Need for Viagra

8 Jul

OK, so do I have your attention?  Psalm 92 is a song of praise.

From the 1st verse to the last verse the writer is enjoying the opportunity to praise the Eternal Divine.

1-3 What a beautiful thing, God, to give thanks,
    to sing an anthem to you, the High God!
To announce your love each daybreak,
    sing your faithful presence all through the night,
Accompanied by dulcimer and harp,
    the full-bodied music of strings.

I think this feeling should be at the center of every church choir; just wanting to sing praises to God all day and all night.

You made me so happy, God
    I saw your work and I shouted for joy.
How magnificent your work, God!
    How profound your thoughts!
Dullards never notice what you do;
    fools never do get it.
When the wicked popped up like weeds
    and all the evil men and women took over,
You mowed them down,
    finished them off once and for all.
You, God, are High and Eternal.
    Look at your enemies, God!
Look at your enemies—ruined!
    Scattered to the winds, all those hirelings of evil!

I like that the psalmist says that dullards and fools don’t get it, they can’t see what God is doing.  I love Richard Forster’s Celebration of Discipline where he talks about studying nature.  I spent an hour on my front porch one day just watching the squirrels and birds and bugs and praising God for the beauty and wonder of God’s creature.  I think if we slowed down, we would find more reasons to praise God.

But you’ve made me strong as a charging bison,
    you’ve honored me with a festive parade.
The sight of my critics going down is still fresh,
    the rout of my malicious detractors.
My ears are filled with the sounds of promise:
    “Good people will prosper like palm trees,
Grow tall like Lebanon cedars;
    transplanted to God’s courtyard,
They’ll grow tall in the presence of God,
    lithe and green, virile still in old age.”

The ones who praise God are strong, strong like a bull, strong like a tall tree.  The ones who praise God are so strong, they are still virile in their old ago.  No need for Viagra, just praise God.

Such witnesses to upright God!
    My Mountain, my huge, holy Mountain!

Find your strength – Praise God!!

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