Read Psalm 89.1-18

I will sing of your steadfast love, O LORD, forever;

                with my mouth I will proclaim your faithfulness to all generations.

I declare that your steadfast love is established forever;

                your faithfulness is as firm as the heavens.

You said, “I have made a covenant with my chosen one,

                I have sworn to my servant David:

                ‘I will establish your descendants forever,

                                and build your throne for all generations.'”

Let the heavens praise your wonders, O LORD,

                your faithfulness in the assembly of the holy ones.

For who in the skies can be compared to the LORD?

Who among the heavenly beings is like the LORD,

                a God feared in the council of the holy ones,

                great and awesome above all that are around him?

O LORD God of hosts, who is as mighty as you, O LORD?

                Your faithfulness surrounds you.

                You rule the raging of the sea; when its waves rise, you still them.

                You crushed Rahab like a carcass;

                                you scattered your enemies with your mighty arm.

                The heavens are yours, the earth also is yours;

                                the world and all that is in it–you have founded them.

                The north and the south–you created them;

                                Tabor and Hermon joyously praise your name.

                You have a mighty arm; strong is your hand, high your right hand.

                Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne;                   

                                steadfast love and faithfulness go before you.

Happy are the people who know the festal shout,

                who walk, O LORD, in the light of your countenance;

                they exult in your name all day long, and extol your righteousness.

For you are the glory of their strength; by your favor our horn is exalted.

For our shield belongs to the LORD, our king to the Holy One of Israel.

 

From Rev. Dr. Larry Grimes, Director of Church Relations, Bethany College

 

It is there like the needle

stuck in the groove of a vinyl record—

should you be of an age and remember such—

there like a song stuck in your head.

 

“Steadfast love, steadfast love,. . . Your faithfulness

Your faithfulness, Your faithfulness”—round and

Round and round and over and over and over again

like the seasons, the moon, the Table.

“Steadfast love, Your faithfulness”. And not just here

In the holy grove of scripture, but in all Creation

 

Over and over and over again these words sound

and resound. Above the raging waters, beyond

infinite sparkle of sky, beyond the heavenly multitude.

And here, now, in the daily round and round and round.

Here, the mighty resolute turn of your steadfast love, your faithfulness.

 

From that foundation, from Your steadfast love, from Your faithfulness

Out spins righteousness and justice with a sound that silences

the babble of the world, making happy the people who walk,

who dance in the light, O Lord, in the light of our countenance.

 

Fill my heart with song and my lips with praise, O God my Savior!

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