Wednesday, June 21, 2006

a psalmist in scotland

tonight at bible study, there was a small group of us huddled together to explore and discuss psalm 148, which talked about praising God and things that praise God like: shining stars-hail-lightning-ocean depths-kings-maidens-cattle-animals of the field kind of thing.

so we discussed who the psalmist was ("moses" was a response thrown out with a stoic expression on the face of the speaker) as well as the geographical inspiration for this psalm ("i think the psalmist was in the u.k.- probably scotland because of the cattle mentioned"- all spoken aloud with the utmost sincerity, same speaker). it took everything within me to not bust out with a great guffaw and so blamed the gi-normous grin breaking out on my face to alexis trying to tickle me (though i'm not ticklish...)

what a night of runaway trains. thank you sonic youth for giving words to my experience.

one thing that emphasized something huge that kept popping up over the weekend is to be yourself, exercise your passions/gifts/talents and in all of this you are praising God because you are being true to who He created you to be. here's a freebie quote from thomas merton on this very topic. enjoy.

"a tree gives glory to God by being a tree. For in being what God means it to be it is obeying Him. It 'consents,' so to speak, to His creative love. It is expressing an idea which is in God and which is not distinct from the essence of God, and therefore a tree imitates God by being a tree." ~tm


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