3. Send forth your light and your truth, let them guide me;
Let them bring me to your holy mountain, to the place where you dwell.
4. Then will I go to the altar of God, to God, my joy and my delight.
I will praise you with the harp, O God, my God.
Reflection by Darlene Wagner
Here, the Psalmist longs for the holy mountain of his God. Jerusalem was the one and only holy mountain among the ancient Jews. All other mountaintops were considered the places of idols and ‘false gods’. Yet, Christ later declares “a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain (Samaria) nor in Jerusalem.” (John 4:21) Through Christ, we are able to ascend the holy mountain and approach the altar of God at any place and any time. The Divine Spirit works tirelessly to bring us into a relationship from wherever we are.
My nearest, dear Eternal Father, Light of Heaven.
Your glory supersedes all created, mortal things!
Yet mortal things all bear your spark.
What is my spirit, but a mote from your Eternal Fire?
Your mysteries exceed all created mortal sense!
So in your closeness does my soul delight.