Feeling blue

The blues struck this week. A sense of longing. You might even say a kind of fainting.

Psalm 84 leaped up for attention, quite by accident. It’s a psalm of enormous contrasts, almost bi-polar in its highs and lows.  Joy and longing sit right beside each other like first-born and second-born twins. No sooner is Praise born (“How lovely is Thy dwelling place!”) than faith’s twin, Longing, is born – the longing, the sense of estrangement that yearns to be united with the lovely dwelling place: “My soul longs, yea, faints for the courts of the LORD….”  It is this Psalm that inspired Johannes Brahms’ Requiem, sung here by a combined choir in a lovely place in Atlanta, Georgia. Bring the blues to the music of the Psalm and see what happens.

2 thoughts on “Feeling blue

    • Robert, Thanks you for the kind words. Enjoy the sun and the bird nests (“tabernacles”): “Even the sparrow finds a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, at Thy altars…” In other translations of the Hebrew text, the nests ARE both the tents of divine presence and the altars from which God’s praise is sung. I like that.


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