The Psalmist’s Reply

Inspired by a passage from Psalm 105
Deborah Beach Giordano
© August 16, 2012

Glory in his holy Name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice. Search for the Lord and his strength; continually seek his face. Remember the marvels he has done, his wonders and the judgments of his mouth, O offspring of Abraham his servant, O children of Jacob his chosen.
~ Psalm 105:3-6

Rejoice! calls the psalmist,
alight with optimism.

Easy for her to say,
high and dry beside the sparkling river.

Remember the good times!
she sings from her pleasant perch.

Memories recede
when you’ve got a lot on your mind.

Know that God loves you!
her voice wafting over flower-bedecked hills.

Hard to believe, when life is bleak.

Rely on God’s strength!
she declares with airy confidence.

We can all do it,
when we’re standing on solid ground.

Trust in the Lord!
she proclaims with an untroubled conscience.

An acceptable notion,
if all things and all people are well.

It’s different, though,
when the water is rising,
the roads are flooding,
the foundation is slipping,
the earth has become mud
that slides from beneath our feet.

It’s different
when we’re grasping at straw,
holding to meager stalks
thinly rooted
in unstable ground.

It’s different
when tragedies surround us;
when we’re up to our necks in misery.

Rejoice –
in spite of sickness, pains and suffering?

Be joyful
in the face of cruelty, violence, and hate?

Have faith
in a promised goodness
that’s always out of sight?

How now, o cheery songbird?
What have you to say to us
on this weary rain-drenched day?

Trembling amid the branches
shivering in the damp,
clad in mottled gray feathers,
she stares at me
unblinkingly
and does not fly away;
in silence
the dove
makes her proclamation.

Not shelter from the storm,
not peace or joy or miracle cures,
not worldly wealth,
or heavenly wisdom;
life
calling
to life:
Here I Am.

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