Blessed the people who know the joyful shout;
in the light of your countenance, O LORD, they walk.
At your name they rejoice all the day,
and through your justice they are exalted.
As always, Eugene Peterson’s The Message translation is so lively! I especially like his language in the fifteenth verse, “passwords of praise”. For in this, he captures the essence of this psalm. This psalm helps us to remember that the chaos we see all around us and in the world is not permanent. As we approach Christmas, let us remember God is a just God and calls us to do justly toward others. When we do this, we shout the praises of our God. Service and justice are like offering to God the passwords of praise. Our praise shall continue to usher in order in our chaotic lives and throughout the societies of the world.
For the birth of our Savior, the Christ-child and coming king, we can’t keep quiet! At his birth, we are delighted, we will dance all day long, because God has been so good to us!
Prayer: Loving God, we say hallelujah at your coming! Keep a dance in our spirits and a shout of praise on our lips!
~ Rev. Dr. Violet Lee