Lectionary Reflection for the Eighth Sunday after Pentecost

This excerpt comes from Psalms for All Seasons, commenting on Psalm 89:

Psalm 89, the final psalm in the third of the Psalter’s five books, features two contrasting sentiments.

The opening verses offer praise for God’s covenantal faithfulness (vv. 1-17), after which the psalm pivots dramatically into a sustained lament about the demise of the monarchy and an experience of God’s abandonment (vv. 38-51).

In light of the foibles of human kings, it is significant that many of the psalms that follow focus on God’s sovereign rule than on human kings.

 

A prayer for reflection:

Faithful God, you are the same yesterday, today, and forever.
Your Word remains true, your love remains constant;
your plan and purpose stand unaltered.
Remember us in our present distress.
By the power of your Holy Spirit make us ready and willing to live this day for you.
We pray this through the power of Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

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