Psalm 51: 10-12 (NRSV)
Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new and right spirit within me. Do not cast me away from your presence, and do not take your holy spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and sustain in me a generous spirit.
On Sunday the Chancel choir will “sing and make melody to the Lord,” (Psalm 27: 6 NRSV) leading us to believe that we “shall see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.” (Psalm 27:13 NRSV). Sunday is a day to proclaim and seek God’s grace, to “sing to the Lord with thanksgiving.” (Psalm 147: 7) This Sunday community of prayer and song gives us the optimism and energy to face our adversaries, lift the downtrodden, help transform those who do evil, who are wicked, who are sinners, who are liars. And then comes Monday.
So good to me.
Monday mornin’, it was all I hoped it would be.
Oh Monday mornin’, Monday mornin’ couldn’t guarantee,
That Monday evenin’ [Y]ou would still be here with me.
Monday slaps us with the woes of the world. By evening, most of us are bone weary, hurting with the pains of the sad, the sick, the poor, the planet under siege. What of our Sunday pride, our gleeful arrogance? What of our own transgressions? How do we capture Sunday joy and carry it through the slap-in-the-face reality that Monday inevitably brings?
For me the answer lies here. “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new and right spirit within me. Do not cast me away from your presence, and do not take your holy spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and sustain in me a generous spirit.” Every single day. (Psalm 51: 10-12).
May the Lord give us joy in life and a generous spirit to help others. May the spirit cleanse us of our transgressions. Let us sing to the Lord a new song every day of the week. Amen