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Meditation: Psalm 18:31, 47, 50-51

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Saint Agatha, Virgin and Martyr (Memorial)

God’s way is unerring . . . He is a shield to all who take refuge in him. (Psalm 18:31)

Television shows and movies all have theme songs—music that establishes the mood and helps the viewer enter the show’s world more fully. Today’s responsorial psalm works in much the same way.

The first reading provides a review of King David's life, and the psalm gives the theme song. It captures the best of David by reflecting his attitude toward God. Even in the midst of weaknesses and offenses, David’s life was marked by repentance and changed behavior—again and again. Each time, David picked up the pieces and moved forward because he knew that God, his rock, would never abandon him. He trusted God to continue to save him, and that’s exactly what happened.

Today’s psalm gives us ample reason to praise God as well. His way is always right. It was right when he chose David to be king of Israel, even though David was very young, and even though he later committed adultery and engineered an innocent man’s death. Human fears, weaknesses, sins, and failings don’t change God’s ways. John the Baptist’s followers might have struggled to embrace that truth when Herod had him beheaded. Jesus’ disciples certainly did after the crucifixion. Yet in the end, they learned that God is completely trustworthy.

Though the devil, the world, and our fallen nature put up a fight at times, God remains our rock. He will always offer us a secure, stable place to stand. He has redeemed you, and he works every day to deliver you from the consequences of sin.

God’s promises are sure. They are reliable beyond any doubt. David knew this and depended on it with all his heart.

So today, make it a point to echo David’s praises. Praise God for his ways and his promises. Praise him for what he did in David’s life. And most important, praise him for what he is doing in your life. Let David’s theme song resound in your heart and mind. Sing it out—“The Lord live! And blessed be my Rock!” (Psalm 18:47).

“Father, you are the God of my salvation, and I praise you. I exalt you today and always!”

Sirach 47:2-11
Mark 6:14-29

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