Minute Meditation: Leben ist Loben, “Life is Praise”

Faith in the God and Hope for the Future

The psalmist of biblical poet gives an affirmation of hope and a declaration on the goodness of life, despite all its hardships and sufferings, saying,

“I am still confident of this:
I will see the goodness of the Lord
in the land of the living.
Wait for the Lord;
be strong and take heart
and wait for the Lord”
(Psalm 27:13-14, NIV, 1984 ed.).

The psalmist has a robust, this-worldly view of life with God. The view is expressed well in German by Fr. Ronald E. Murphy, the Carmelite scholar on the Wisdom Literature of the Jewish Scriptures: Leben ist Loben, “Life is praise.” In other words, to live is to praise!

May the psalmist’s God, the God of faith, be found by believers in this life, the here-and-now, which is a life filled with meaning and purpose, with hope in the positive possibilities to be actualized by believers in the future.

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