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Psalms: Songs for All of Life

Psalm 146: 1-10, NRSV


The world rings with praise — lovers praising their mistresses, readers their favourite poet, walkers praising the countryside, players praising their favourite game — praise of weather, wines, dishes, actors, motors, horses, colleges, countries, historical personages, children, flowers, mountains, rare stamps, rare beetles, even sometimes politicians or scholars. I had not noticed how the humblest, and at the same time most balanced and capacious, minds, praised most, while the cranks, misfits, and malcontents praised least… Except where intolerably adverse circumstances interfere, praise almost seems to be inner health made audible.

— C.S. Lewis

  • Life is a craft for us to engage, not a list of tasks
  • Movement of going – from duty to delight, or obedience to delight
  • As we age and revisit Psalms, we find the Psalms age well
  • Looking back of our journey or from the past
  • Simple obedient at the start
  • Praise comes in the end
  • True worship can only come from praise
  • One person’s religion is based on what one’s to do in solitude
  • But also what to do in the interaction with the world

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