PSALM 138 - Attraction 19 Mar 2020
The temple was not yet built in the time of David. So verse 2 may be a silly translation(?). In Manilla some of the "temples" which attract people are the shopping malls. In this specific mall the top floor has a nice chapel (church).
Personally my number one attraction is "to be seen by other people." I like to perform and professional work rates very high on the list of my idols.
I wish I would - like David - be attracted by the things of God. Usually God works in groups of people and they may meet in a temple: Templum Domini. My prayer is that the churches may abound in teaching and instructing those who seek the fullness of life.
1 [Of David]
I thank you, Yahweh, with all my heart,
for you have listened to the cry I uttered.
In the presence of angels I sing to you,
2 I bow down before your holy Temple.
I praise your name for your faithful love and your constancy;
your promises surpass even your fame.
3 You heard me on the day when I called,
and you gave new strength to my heart.
4 All the kings of the earth give thanks to you,
Yahweh, when they hear the promises you make;
5 they sing of Yahweh's ways,
'Great is the glory of Yahweh!'
6 Sublime as he is, Yahweh looks on the humble,
the proud he picks out from afar.
7 Though I live surrounded by trouble
you give me life -- to my enemies' fury!
You stretch out your right hand and save me,
8 Yahweh will do all things for me. Yahweh,
your faithful love endures for ever,
do not abandon what you have made.
Excerpt from THE NEW JERUSALEM BIBLE, copyright (c) 1985 by
Darton, Longman & Todd, Ltd. and Doubleday, a division
of Penguin Random House, Inc. Reprinted by Permission.
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