27 October 2010

150 (88-90)

88.  "For my soul is sated with troubles, and my life draweth nigh unto the grave."  And "Wilt Thou work wonders for the dead?  Or Thy faithfulness in destruction?"  In other words, when you're dead you're dead. 

So let's get to it saving us in life--you and me both, God.

Also, Jackie Brenston's "Rocket 88."  You just have to acknowledge.

89.  "I will sing of the mercies of the Eternal for ever; from generation to generation will I make known Thy faithfulness with my mouth."  How does 'my mouth' sing from generation to generation?   Unless my mouth isn't only my mouth but yours too, and others who come after us, which is hygienically grotesque but potentially poetically beautiful in the Hebrew?  Does it mean one teaches Judaism's values across the generational spectrum; or does it mean that I sing what others before me sang, and thus our collective mouth, as it were (blech!) sings of this reality?  Let's leave this topic.  Fast.

Now then:  "Righteousness and justice are the foundation of Thy throne!  Mercy and Truth go before Thee!  Happy is the people that know the joyful shout!  They walk, Eternal, in the light of Your countenance."  This is nice and clean--I'll admit, more my comfort zone of principles and ideas.  Despite outside attacks and our own faltering from within, the Covenant endures, in mercy.  And in life (see above, 88.)

90.  "For a thousand years in Thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night...so teach us to number our days that we may get us a heart of wisdom." 

It's all over so fast.  It's amazing how much time we waste not making each day count.  Honestly, it makes me feel ashamed of myself, which of course is a self-indulgence and waste of time!  So what to do?  "Let the graciousness of the Eternal our God be upon us; establish Thou also upon us the work of our hands."  Let's roll up our sleeves and get it right, moment by moment.

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