“O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together. I sought the Lord, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my tribulations.” (Ps 33/34: 3-4)
How powerful, how encouraging, that the Psalmist witnesses to his personal experience. He doesn’t just say, “O magnify the Lord with me,” because this is what upstanding, proper citizens do, or this what “our tribe” does, or this is the cleverest philosophy on the market. No, he says, “I sought the Lord, and He heard me,” and He “delivered me.” I tried this way, His way, and it works.
Indeed, faith has been salvifically “infectuous,” precisely because it has been passed on by eyewitnesses to the Word at work, to the Lord at work in people’s lives. I’m thinking about this because of something I happened to read, just last night, in the writings of the psychologist C. Jung, - and I’m sorry but I can’t resist quoting this: “It is not ethical principles, however lofty, or creeds, however orthodox, that lay the foundations for the freedom and autonomy of the individual,” Jung writes, “but simply and solely the empirical awareness, the incontrovertible experience of an intensely personal, reciprocal relationship between man and an extramundane authority which acts as a counterpoise to the ‘world’ and its ‘reason.’”
Today I am gratefully reminded of the power of human witness, of fellow human beings, whose experience, strength and hope strengthens my own, when I am weak or faltering. Today I seek the Lord, and He hears me, because others sought Him before me, and I know He heard them. “O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together.” Amen!