Some professors who become administrators keep returning to the classroom because their love for teaching is always at the heart of all that they do. Some film stars keep returning to the stage because that immediate experience with the audience reminds them why they love being an actor. And wise people of faith who have spent years in congregational life constantly seek fresh experiences of worship and service because they know that doing so keeps their devotion aflame.
No matter how long we live as God’s people, we need the basics of our faith to nourish us. Because the psalmist knows we need to stay in touch with the One we worship, these verses provide an essential picture of God for God’s people. Whenever we’re tempted to separate personal piety and social justice, know that Scripture does not. Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne. Steadfast love and faithfulness go before you (v. 14).
To stay close to God is to discover a way of being that brings joy and becomes our strength. Happy are the people who know the festal shout, who walk, O LORD, in the light of your countenance (v. 15).
When do we feel the need to move closer to the Source of our faith? When our purpose grows too vague or shallow? When the burden of responsibility replaces the joy of contributing? Maybe such warning signs are gifts intended to draw us closer to the light we need.
How do you stay in touch with the Source of your faith? What fresh experiences of worship and service could rekindle the light you carry this week?
God, help us stay close to you so that we may walk in your way with great joy. Amen.