For as the lightning flashes and lights up the sky from one side to the other, so will the Son of Man be in his day. Luke 17:24
But for you who fear My name, the sun of righteousness shall rise with healing in its wings. Malachi 4:2

But far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ . . . Galatians 6:14
For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. 1 Corinthians 2:2
Let the motto upon your whole ministry be - "Christ is All!" - Mather

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

The More We Are Crucified, The More We Sing Sweetly To Christ!

Let them praise his name with dancing, making melody to him with tambourine and lyre! Psalm 149:3

Commenting on this Psalm, Saint Augustine wrote:
We should not pass over the mysterious meaning of "tabret [tambourine] and harp" in silence. On a tambourine you have a skin stretched out, and in a stringed instrument you have catgut stretched out. So in both instruments ordinary flesh is being "crucified." The man who said, "The world is crucified to me and I to the world" (Gal 6.14) must have sung praises really well on this "tabret and harp!" And He Who loves a "new song" wants to take you to be that harp, that tabret. He gives you His instructions when He says, "Whoever wants to be My disciple, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me." Do not let Him throw away His harp and His tabret. Let them be stretched out on wood [of the cross], and all fleshly desire dried out of them. Strings or sinews sound more sharply the more they are stretched out. And what does Paul the apostle say about making his harp sound more sharp and clear? "Forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call" (Phil 3.13-14). So he stretched himself out; Christ touched him, and the sweetness of truth gave tongue.

Saint Augustine, Discourses On The Psalms, Comments on Psalm 149.
Cited from Rowan Williams, Christian Spirituality (Atlanta: John Knox, 1979), 88.

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