Monday, May 18, 2015

Parading through Psalm 1

Psalm 1
Blessed is the man who doesn’t walk in the counsel of the wicked,
    nor stand on the path of sinners,
    nor sit in the seat of scoffers;
but his delight is in Yahweh’s[a] law.
    On his law he meditates day and night.
He will be like a tree planted by the streams of water,
    that produces its fruit in its season,
    whose leaf also does not wither.
    Whatever he does shall prosper.
The wicked are not so,
    but are like the chaff which the wind drives away.
Therefore the wicked shall not stand in the judgment,
    nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.
For Yahweh knows the way of the righteous,
    but the way of the wicked shall perish.

To be a tree planet by the side of a life giving stream. The vision presented in Psalm 1 as the purpose of life. Within it seemly simple verses lays the greatest mystery. Meditate on the law of God or in as the word means, meditate on the teachings and life path of God. For me as a Christian, the Psalm 1 means to pay attention to Jesus as I move within the times of my life. Love God and love others, Jesus sums up the law. Mediate on loving God and loving others, says Psalm 1, and your life will be like a tree by the side of a stream. Love God and love others in the fullness of the present moment accompanied by the living God forges a life in which God presence guides us like a marching band, kids lined up with smiles, and the smell of popcorn and hotdogs.

Last Saturday, as my son rode in the Spokane Torch Light Lilac Parade in the coolest blue Corvette. My wife and I walk past the people lined up on the street; I came into contact with Jesus. The Spirit moved me as I saw the kids wave and want to give us high five. My son, only six, waved a  yellow glow stick with a cheap plastic star from with in the car. His face illuminated like an early sunrise over a blue ocean. The afternoon filled with thunderstorms, making us doubt with we would have the parade. But the clouds parted enough and the water fed the flowers but did not spoil the the parade. The people, all with their own stories and their own concerns, cheered. I mediated on long God and loving others. In front of us was a float playing 50s music with teenagers dancing at a sock hop and behind us was a local high school marching band.

We there to support Make-A-Wish, who was there to give support in our time when our family needed a break. Psalm 1 says that paying attention to love in loving God and loving others and your life will be fruitful like a tree by a stream. The wicked all fade, the vision of Psalm 1 says. Meditate in the law of love even as you walk in the rainy night on a Spokane May celebrating Lilacs, those who protect us, those who line the streets, those walking in the parade, those riding in corvettes because their childhoods were spent fighting diseases and the Lord who is present in all of this. Coming home, life was too beautiful to capture and I let Gods love flow through me, for Psalm 1 proclaims the deepest truth.

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