Wednesday of Trinity – Psalm 29

1Ascribe to the LORD, O heavenly beings,
    ascribe to the LORD glory and strength.
2Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name;
   worship the LORD in the splendor of holiness.

 3The voice of the LORD is over the waters;
   the God of glory thunders,
   the LORD, over many waters.
4The voice of the LORD is powerful;
   the voice of the LORD is full of majesty.

 5The voice of the LORD breaks the cedars;
   the LORD breaks the cedars of Lebanon.
6He makes Lebanon to skip like a calf,
   and Sirion like a young wild ox.

 7The voice of the LORD flashes forth flames of fire. 8The voice of the LORD shakes the wilderness;
   the LORD shakes the wilderness of Kadesh.

 9The voice of the LORD makes the deer give birth
   and strips the forests bare,
   and in his temple all cry, “Glory!”

 10The LORD sits enthroned over the flood;
   the LORD sits enthroned as king forever.
11May the LORD give strength to his people!
   May the LORD bless his people with peace!

She felt really badly. It was one of the first times she had served on altar guild by herself and she made a mistake. She had forgotten to put out the little silver box, called a pyx, with the extra host in it. We ran out. She came up to me after the service and apologized. We hugged, and I got to tell her good news. While we strive to do our best, Jesus is not dependent on our getting things just right. He forgave everyone their sins anyway that, even though we had to duck into the sacristy and consecrate more hosts. Jesus deals with my mistakes every Sunday, despite my mistakes and yours. It really is not about me getting it right; although, I try to do it right. I am serving Him after all. But my rectitude does not make it more or less forgiving.

The psalmist calls on heavenly beings to praise God for his glory and strength. We join those heavenly choirs in Church. The traditional prefaces end with these words, “therefore with angels, and archangels, and all the company of heaven, we laud and magnify your glorious name, evermore praising you and saying…”  At that point we all break into the Sanctus, the words of the Seraphim in Isaiah 6 which we read yesterday and the words of the crowds welcoming Jesus into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. More than once I have sung them off tune. I have heard a few organists miss a note in there. I have heard a few parishioners loudly singing with voices that are not ready for prime time. I think God loves it. He has exquisite praise from angelic choirs. They are never off tune and never make mistakes. But He sent His Son and Jesus died and rose to gather up these quavering, flat, sharp, and sometimes spot-on voices singing praise to the Almighty.

Next time you are in church, look around yourself. See all the efforts to make the building meaningful and beautiful. Listen to the voices of those who sing and the musicians who play. If the carpet is a little frayed, if a child makes a fuss, if the pastor chants a little off key, or the choir comes in flat, remember these words. We sing with heavenly hosts and this room is part of God’s kingdom. It is Christ’s presence to makes this place holy. He is here, delighting in the praise of everyone in the room. He loves to hear it.

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