A Christian is not without contact with God. Prayer in its various forms is the normal contact with the transcendent reality, whatever name we place on it. The ceremony of all religions is the point of contact with the divine. Prayer can and should be both personal and public. Thus, the Christian never forgets the admonition to pray always. He or she remembers the great prayer that Jesus taught us to pray, “Our Father who art in heaven.” The importance of prayer is like good communication. Take time to pray. Develop a personal prayer life. Faith without prayer is impossible. Request, give honor, praise, thank, listen, and share verbal and non-verbal prayer. Prayer is the breath of the Christian spiritual life. If we stop praying, it is like as if we stop breathing. Your spiritual life will die without prayer.
“Yet I perceived
That one fate befalls all of them.
Then I said to myself.
‘What happens to the fool
Will happen to me also.
Why then have I been so very wise?’
I said to myself
That this also is vanity.
There is no enduring remembrance
Of the wise
Or of the fools.
In the days to come,
All will have been long forgotten.
How can the wise die just like fools?
So I hated life,
Because what is done under the sun
Was grievous to me.
All is vanity.
All is a chasing after wind.”
Having accepted the importance of wisdom, Qoheleth then realizes that he, the wise one, and the fools also will both die. They share the same fate. What then is the advantage to being a wise person? No one remembers the fools, but everyone will also forget about the wise ones. Even this wise life is in vain. Why do they both share the same result as dead forgotten people? Now he begins to hate life itself, as an element of despair like Job. He thought that this was injurious to him, since all was futile. He and the wise ones were just chasing after that unattainable wind.
You went out before your people!
You marched through the wilderness!”
The psalmist remembers that God led his people through the desert. God was the leader of the march through the wilderness. They could not have made it without God. Once again, this verse ends with the musical interlude meditative pause, the Selah.
“These things I remember,
As I pour out my soul.
How I went with the throng.
I led them in procession
To the house of God.
There were glad shouts.
There were songs of thanksgiving.
There was a multitude keeping a festival.
Why are you cast down?
O my soul!
Why are you disquieted within me?
Hope in God!
I shall again praise him.
This psalmist remembers the Temple worship as he poured out his soul. There was a great crowd and a great procession to the house of God with happy shouts of joy. Everyone was keeping the festival. However, now he was cast down because his soul was disturbed and disquieted. He, however, hoped that he would again praise God in his Temple. He relied on God as his helper.