November 6, 2021
Each day, I reflect upon a word or a phrase inspired by the readings of the day. I encourage you to do the same and perhaps incorporate that word or phrase into your daily prayer.
I will praise your name for ever, Lord. (Psalm 145)
PRAISE: The scripture passage above comes from today’s Responsorial Psalm. On the surface it might sound simple. Sure, I’ll praise God forever.
However, what if we were to say this: “I will praise God every day?” Gulp…every day? EVERY day?
Or what if we said: “I will praise God with every word I utter and with every action I take?” Yikes! Not sure I am capable of that.
Well, I’m sorry to tell you this, but that is exactly what the Responsorial Psalm is saying: “My intent is to have my every word and action praise God.”
Our goal should be to live a life that glorifies God. That means there is an intentionality and forethought to our life. We should ask ourselves these types of questions before speaking or acting: “Will what I am about to say or do lift people up or demean them?”…”Will it bring others joy or sorrow?”…”Will it provide comfort or pain?”…”Are my words and actions kind and compassionate and loving?”
The Psalm does not say, I will praise your name for ever, Lord...because I know if I don’t I’ll burn in hell.”
The Psalm has an implied intent. I intend to praise God in all I say and do; that is my goal. However, we are imperfect beings and will fail at times. God recognizes that and offers us mercy and compassion and unconditional love. That is a God worthy of our ongoing praise, so we must dust ourselves off and try again.