Taste and See: Open ears, open heart?

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O that today you would listen to his voice! ‘Harden not your hearts.’

Come, ring out our joy to the Lord;
hail the rock who saves us.
Let us come before him, giving thanks,
with songs let us hail the Lord.

O that today you would listen to his voice! ‘Harden not your hearts.’

Come in; let us bow and bend low;
let us kneel before the God who made us:
for he is our God and we
the people who belong to his pasture,
the flock that is led by his hand.

O that today you would listen to his voice! ‘Harden not your hearts.’

O that today you would listen to his voice!
‘Harden not your hearts as at Meribah,
as on that day at Massah in the desert
when your fathers put me to the test;
when they tried me, though they saw my work.’

O that today you would listen to his voice! ‘Harden not your hearts.’

Psalm 94:1-2,6-9

The psalm calls us to listen, not to defend ourselves fearful of what we might hear. The psalmist indeed longs for us to listen, and to hear.

And he knows that if we hear we will be led to rejoice, for our God, above all, is love for us, and faithful. But rejoicing is not the end.

If we hear, we are brought not only to rejoicing – because of the good gifted to us – but to reverence and awe.

If we truly hear we know we are drawn to profound relationship with God, remarkable as it is when we think about it, we are invited to person to person communion with God – not just the with the good that God does, but with the supreme good God is…

We are not always up for that!

Famously Annie Dillard wrote:

On the whole, I do not find Christians, outside of the catacombs, sufficiently sensible of conditions. Does anyone have the foggiest idea what sort of power we so blithely invoke? Or, as I suspect, does no one believe a word of it? The churches are children playing on the floor with their chemistry sets, mixing up a batch of TNT to kill a Sunday morning. It is madness to wear ladies’ straw hats and velvet hats to church; we should all be wearing crash helmets. Ushers should issue life preservers and signal flares; they should lash us to our pews. For the sleeping god may wake someday and take offense, or the waking god may draw us out to where we can never return.

Annie Dillard: Teaching a rock to speak

  • Where are you in that relationship?
  • What hardens your heart?
  • What opens it to love? What opens it to God?
  • How do you live openness?
  • How do you live hardness of heart?

Sacred Heart, CBCEW Offices, Eccleston Square. (c) 2006, Allen Morris.

 

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