Season After Pentecost, 2019 Year C : The Psalm Passage – When it is hard to hear the good news

You who live in the shelter of the Most High, who abide in the shadow of the Almighty, will say to the LORD, “My refuge and my fortress; my God, in whom I trust.” (Psalm 91:1-2)

While we most times read the psalms I reminded that many times the psalms were song to a chorus or musical tune. Or perhaps a tune was created to fit the words. Remembering that makes me sad, because right now my hearing is such that music is hard to hear and discern. I love music, I really do! But right now the notes warble and discordant, and the words within the tune are hard to understand. So I really can’t appreciate music right now, even though I long to hear music to soothe my discordant soul and spirit.

I recently bought a new “boombox” and was looking forward to listening to my favorite CDs, ones that I have not heard for many years. But it is a disheartening experience. And I kind of feel like I am standing/sitting outside of any refuge and fortress.

“For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence; he will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and buckler. You will not fear the terror of the night, or the arrow that flies by day, or the pestilence that stalks in darkness, or the destruction that wastes at noonday.” (Verses 3 – 6)

So I have to remind myself that often times this level of poor hearing does not last for long, and that better hearing may be just a day or two away. And that even though my organic human ears cannot hear the songs accurately or pleasantly, the memory of the music is still clear in my memory and can still speak to my soul. And that however much “the fowler” and “the pestilence”, and all the other creatures of the nether regions of this existence may try to pull me down, the Lord God is holding me up. That is one of the strong and sure messages for the psalms. And, as I hear them through the distortion of my ears and the mechanical devices that the CDs are played on, I remember that is also the message of my favorite songs.

“Those who love me, I will deliver; I will protect those who know my name. When they call to me, I will answer them; I will be with them in trouble, I will rescue them and honor them. With long life I will satisfy them, and show them my salvation.” (Verses 14 – 16)

Perhaps, beloved reader, there are things that obscure the good news and messages of hope from you. If there are, it is my hope and prayer that the Spirit of the Lord God the Divine will break through those distortions and bring to your heart, soul, and spirit messages of hope and refuge. Because while we may be subject to the distortions and obstacles of this world, we also dwell in the shelter of the Most High, and in the shadow of the Almighty.

How can we live in both you ask? Well as I sit here listening to the metallic echo and buzz of the speaker of my CD player, trying to discern the tune and lyric of one of my favorite CD, the words of the singer warm my spirit. The “shelter” and “shadow” are not above me or even below me, but within me protecting me from the harshness of this existence and remind me that the Divine is with me; and has inspired the song writers whose words speak to and soothe my soul. That the same Lord God who is within me was and is within the song and psalm writers. And that we are all bound together by our faith. What, or who, could stand up against that? Selah!

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