Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come into his presence with singing. Know that the Lord is God.
It is he that made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise.
Give thanks to him, bless his name. For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures for ever, and his faithfulness to all generations.
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The words "forever" and "all generations" stood out for me today. Time is a slippery eel. We are not sure how to hold it. It could bite us. It more likely just wants to get on its way without our attempts at delay as if it has something important to do. To hold this slippery time requires dexterity and focus to anticipate its movement, but in the end, we cannot slow it down without killing it. We look at our lives that are measured in days and years. We know that life is short. We see time as a vessel for our lives. We want to know that when this time-boat sinks, we will not sink with it. We deal with the temporary nature of our lives by trying to build a better boat - one that will stretch our days, one day more. When the world shakes, when death comes, when time slithers on with or without us, we look to what we might count on more than time. There is God, beyond time, who is good, loving, and faithful. There is God steadfast beyond time in how he considers us. There is God. Good, loving and faithful - relentlessly holding on to us even as we try to slither out of his grasp as if we have something more important to do.
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I like your steadfastness, Lord. Keep up the good work. Amen.