The Psalter of Jesus: Levity and Knowing God // Psalm 148
Let us not take ourselves so seriously as to think we can grasp reality. All evil stems from the belief that we can understand all things, that we can put the pieces of the whole puzzle together, that we can arrive at clarity. In fact, clarity is always an illusion. It is the erroneous absence of need, the end of dependence, the death of God. If we have clarity, we no longer need God. We have built Babel. In such a state, we may give God credit, but only in the past tense, as if his contribution has run its course. We'll take it from here, thank you very much. After all, we have clarity. May it never be so among us. Rather, may we always know this: There are chasms of mystery beyond us, transcendent realities to which we have no comprehending access, but only the chance to wonder and worship. Laughter and praise are the fitting offerings of dependent, beloved children. And so we are.
CALL TO WORSHIP
Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth, for we praise a living God!
Let praises to the Lord be in our mouths.
Praise the name of the Lord, the creator of all life.
Blessed be the name of the Lord.
Let princes and rulers of all nations sing his praise.
Let them praise the name of the Lord.
May the sun and the moon bend to meet him, may the stars shine only for him. May the mountains and rivers sing his glory. May the earth resound, and everything in it.
Let us praise the name of the Lord.
Let us come into his presence with gladness and singing, for he alone is our salvation.
Blessed be the name of the Lord; he alone is exalted!
PRAYER OF CONFESSION
Heavenly father, we are people privileged to have much. Yet, we come to you so often, not with the needs of our broken hearts, but with our petty desires.
Forgive us Lord, we are ungrateful in our selfishness.
We ask for so much, but do we praise you? Do we thank you for all that you have given us?
Forgive us Lord, we forget our many blessings and take for granted our salvation.
We confess that we are takers, selfish in our need to thrive. We do not praise your name as often as we are asking something of it.
Forgive us Lord, we are quick to forget your works.
Yet in this mess, you love us Lord, in spite of ourselves. It is you who has made us, and we are yours.
The steadfast love of the Lord endures forever, his faithfulness to all generations.
Lord, help us to delight in your creation. Remind us of your greatness, for you are the Creator of all things. You are our Redeemer, our Life, our God.
Praise be the name of the Lord. Amen.