There are parts of the Church which seem to be in a permanent state of ecstatic praise and worship of God. Internet TV has enabled us to share in the most uplifting and exuberant of services from around God’s world. It seems from the outside as though it takes up a great deal of energy and it is easy enough to tap into that when we allow the Spirit to inhabit our thoughts and emotions to the full.
There are other parts of the Church which seem to achieve a high level of mystic contemplation on a daily basis. Here the signature will be deep deep silence and a sense, to outsiders unfathomable, of awe, connection, and wonder in worship of a mysterious, yet incarnational, God. This too we can access through the wonders of technology.
In between these two extremes (and others) we all place ourselves where we are most comfortable when we join a church and come to worship together the God we know in Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit. This is not advocating pick and mix Christianity – it is observing that home is where the heart is and no more so than in worship.
Wherever we are on life‘s journey and wherever we are on the Church spectrum, we all need regular reminders of the basis of our life of faith and service. This Psalm acts as a useful prompt to each and every one of us. God is the focus, the stimulus, and the destination. It even acknowledges those times when we feel cut off from God or question everything we have come to believe and love. Wherever we start, God will lead us on – God knows where.
This Psalm grounds us and brings us safe home secure in the knowledge that God’s ‘faithfulness outshines the heavens’ and God’s ‘mercies reach the skies’ whatever may happen. ‘With God we will do valiantly’ just about sums it up.
God who sets us on a journey To discover, dream and grow, Lead us as you led your people In the desert long ago; journey inward, journey outward Stir the spirit, stretch the mind, love for God and self and neighbour Marks the way that Christ defined.