Monday, 15 February 2016

Black and white

Psalms 19:7-10
The law of the Lord is perfect,
reviving the soul;
the decrees of the Lord are sure,
making wise the simple;
the precepts of the Lord are right,
rejoicing the heart;
the commandment of the Lord is clear,
enlightening the eyes;
the fear of the Lord is pure,
enduring forever;
the ordinances of the Lord are true
and righteous altogether.
More to be desired are they than gold,
even much fine gold;
sweeter also than honey,
and drippings of the honeycomb.

Oh to have such clarity
Such surety
To be able to declare unequivocally
the goodness and th rightness
of the law of the Lord.
Extolled in such clear terms
one might presume out of naivety 
and yet few were more predicated
against belief than the Psalmists.
Their faith
and their confident proclamation 
hard won at great cost.
Forged through pain and trial
Refined with grit and determination
They earned the right
to extol the virtues of God
and to call others to embrace
the wonders of faith
tried, tested,
and found to be sufficient.

God, before we mock the faith of another, teach us to stand in their shoes, to endure their trials, to wear their spectacles of faith and, in them,and in ourselves, see you constantly at work, shaping, refining, always drawing us closer to you.

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