Saturday, March 23, 2013

Retrieve Lament, Day 33 with CIVA, Indelible Grace Music, Brian Moss and Cardiphonia (+ suggested resources for Lent 2013)

"Once, ritual lament would have been chanted; women would have been paid to beat their breasts and howl for you all night, when all is silent. Where can we find such customs now? So many have long since disappeared or been disowned.
That’s what you had to come for: to retrieve
the lament that we omitted." 
             -- Ranier Maria Rilke, from Requiem For A Friend
During Lent I'll share almost-daily meditations of Scripture, hymns, and art reflecting this time of tension between dying and birth.

Won't you join me?

March 22, Day 33

The Book of Psalms invites us to rehearse the poetry of praise and lament, the liturgy of God's people from the beginning of being God's people.  This week I'm digging into the Psalms of Ascent, Psalm 120-134, and imagining myself walking the path up to the city of worship with my Hebrew brothers and sisters.  
via CardiphoniaThe Psalms of Ascents (Psalm 120-134) have existed as a pilgrim psalter for the Judeo-Christian faith for over 2 millenia.  They are a unique collection of psalms, shorter than average – with a distinctive ‘folky-ness’ that were sung by jewish pilgrims as they traveled up to Jerusalem for the great feasts.
My fourth -- and final meditation -- on the Psalms of Ascent and I feel like I've been summoned to worship.  Before the Jewish people lay down coats and palm branches they worship by lifting their hands to bless the Lord.  For these few moments it seems they fulfill God's dream for them "that brothers would dwell together in unity."  

But first the Messiah must be lifted up, to reconcile all men to God.

These days we dream God's dream of living together in unity, re-enact His new covenant of love, do this in remembrance of Him.  And we wait again to see Him lifted up as reigning King over a new heaven and a new earth.

In the meantime we worship.

Here's a few more bits from my meditation on Psalm 132 - 134.  (See Psalms 120 - 123 here, Psalms 124 - 127 here, Psalms 128 - 131 here)

Tabernacle (detail)
 Denise Kufus Weyhrich
via CIVA network

Psalm 132

English Standard Version (ESV)

The Lord Has Chosen Zion

A Song of Ascents.

 Remember, O Lord, in David's favor,
    all the hardships he endured,
how he swore to the Lord
    and vowed to the Mighty One of Jacob,
“I will not enter my house
    or get into my bed,
I will not give sleep to my eyes
    or slumber to my eyelids,
until I find a place for the Lord,
    a dwelling place for the Mighty One of Jacob.”
Behold, we heard of it in Ephrathah;
    we found it in the fields of Jaar.
“Let us go to his dwelling place;
    let us worship at his footstool!”
Arise, O Lord, and go to your resting place,
    you and the ark of your might.
Let your priests be clothed with righteousness,
    and let your saints shout for joy.
10 For the sake of your servant David,
    do not turn away the face of your anointed one.
11 The Lord swore to David a sure oath
    from which he will not turn back:
“One of the sons of your body
    I will set on your throne.
12 If your sons keep my covenant
    and my testimonies that I shall teach them,
their sons also forever
    shall sit on your throne.”
13 For the Lord has chosen Zion;
    he has desired it for his dwelling place:
14 “This is my resting place forever;
    here I will dwell, for I have desired it.
15 I will abundantly bless her provisions;
    I will satisfy her poor with bread.
16 Her priests I will clothe with salvation,
    and her saints will shout for joy.
17 There I will make a horn to sprout for David;
    I have prepared a lamp for my anointed.
18 His enemies I will clothe with shame,
    but on him his crown will shine.”

A hymn of invocation:  Arise O God and Shine, words by William Hurn (1813) 

Psalm 133

English Standard Version (ESV)

When Brothers Dwell in Unity

A Song of Ascents. Of David.

 Behold, how good and pleasant it is
    when brothers dwell in unity!
It is like the precious oil on the head,
    running down on the beard,
on the beard of Aaron,
    running down on the collar of his robes!
It is like the dew of Hermon,
    which falls on the mountains of Zion!
For there the Lord has commanded the blessing,
    life forevermore.

The Body
Gerda Liebmann
via CIVA network

A hymn of praise to Christ who is the head of the Church and holds all of us together:  The Church's One Foundation, words by Samuel Stone (1866), music by Brian Moss (2000)

Psalm 134

English Standard Version (ESV)

Come, Bless the Lord

A Song of Ascents.

 Come, bless the Lord, all you servants of the Lord,
    who stand by night in the house of the Lord!
Lift up your hands to the holy place
    and bless the Lord!
May the Lord bless you from Zion,
he who made heaven and earth!

A hymn of praise to our God:  Our Hearts They Swell with Praise! via Cardiphonia's newest compilation album Hallel Psalms

 Denise Kufus Weyhrich 
via CIVA network

70,000 communion cups collected after use from Easter 2009 to Yom Kippur 2010 held together with 7 silver ribbons reaching to the heavens. 3'x3' 2011

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