Friday: Psalm 34, 35, Exodus 22, Matthew 21.23-46

from Kelly Williamson

"Then my tongue shall tell of your righteousness and of your praise all the day long."  

ALL THE DAY LONG?!  What do I do all. day. long. except breath?  Seriously.  I work a lot of most days, care for my son some of every day, hold my phone a decent amount every day, and praise my Lord a minimal amount of any given day... if my daily allocation of time was captured in a pie chart, you'd need to zoom in to see what color depicted my "praising the Lord" portion of my day.  

Maybe that's not a useful charting tool, though, because it implies my time praising the Lord is mutually exclusive from other times in my day, and of course its not.  It can, does, and should be integrated into other "actives" of my day.  I find it easiest to praise the Lord in uninterrupted times, like when I'm commuting or exercising (particularly when inspiration strikes from nature or the people surrounding me).  Thankfully, I'm not commuting or exercising every moment of the day, but with that reality, how do I develop a posture of praise continually throughout the day, especially in the disjointed, distracted, uninspired times?

If I instead picture a Venn diagram, since the pie chart proved misleading, with one circle representing time I praise the Lord on any given day and one circle representing everything else I do within a day, you'd question whether the circles were touching.  How do I get to the point where my circles are so overlapping that you question if there are even two circles?

My Sunday venn diagram would look a bit more encouraging, at least, and I actually take comfort in that.  Earlier in Psalm 34, we read the exhortation to praise the Lord together.  "Won't you magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together!"  I'm thankful for community in which to share worship, but, also feeling encouraged by the final line of Psalm 35, will strive to find ways for my praises of the Lord to flow from me all the day long.

I'm a wife to Pete, mother to Malachi, tax attorney to a Back Bay law firm, and recently lapsed member to a couple of Boston dance companies who has planted roots in Davis Square and listens to a Lenten playlist on Spotify each day during Lent to find ways to praise the Lord all the live long day - Fee fie fiddle eell o, strummin on the old banjo.