Monday, August 24, 2009

Daily - 8/24/09

Psalm 139

1 For the leader. A psalm of David. O LORD, you have probed me, you know me:

2 you know when I sit and stand; you understand my thoughts from afar.

3 My travels and my rest you mark; with all my ways you are familiar.

4 Even before a word is on my tongue, LORD, you know it all.

5 Behind and before you encircle me and rest your hand upon me.

6 Such knowledge is beyond me, far too lofty for me to reach.

7 Where can I hide from your spirit? From your presence, where can I flee?

8 If I ascend to the heavens, you are there; if I lie down in Sheol, you are there too.

9 If I fly with the wings of dawn and alight beyond the sea,

10 Even there your hand will guide me, your right hand hold me fast.

11 If I say, "Surely darkness shall hide me, and night shall be my light" --

12 Darkness is not dark for you, and night shines as the day. Darkness and light are but one.

13 You formed my inmost being; you knit me in my mother's womb.

14 I praise you, so wonderfully you made me; wonderful are your works! My very self you knew;

15 my bones were not hidden from you, When I was being made in secret, fashioned as in the depths of the earth.

16 Your eyes foresaw my actions; in your book all are written down; my days were shaped, before one came to be.

17 How precious to me are your designs, O God; how vast the sum of them!

18 Were I to count, they would outnumber the sands; to finish, I would need eternity.

19 If only you would destroy the wicked, O God, and the bloodthirsty would depart from me!

20 Deceitfully they invoke your name; your foes swear faithless oaths.

21 Do I not hate, LORD, those who hate you? Those who rise against you, do I not loathe?

22 With fierce hatred I hate them, enemies I count as my own.

23 Probe me, God, know my heart; try me, know my concerns.

24 See if my way is crooked, then lead me in the ancient paths.


Funny. I actually sent out tomroow's gospel last week by mistake. Didn't know what to do today, then I noticed that the responsorial for tomorrow is Psalm 139 -- my favorite psalm. I sent this out the first week that I had custody of this list, when there were 42 recipients. We now have 135 people on this list. On one hand that's great. On the other, it's just a small drop in the bucket in our parish of 17,000 + people.

Anyhow, I love this Psalm. God knows everything about us. He knew us from the moment he knit us in our mothers' wombs. He knows all of our thoughts. He forsees our actions. He, more than anyone -- including ourselves much of the time -- knows who we really are.

David's relationship with God was such that he was very much in tune with how tightly his life was intertwined with God's will. He submitted to being part of God's designs, even though the sum of them was so vast that he couldn't comprehend it.

Pretty good model for us to follow. Worked out OK for David.