Lectionary Reflection for the Third Sunday of Easter

Psalms for All SeasonsThis excerpt comes from Psalms for All Seasons, commenting on Psalm 30:

Psalm 30 is a testimony of gratitude for God’s deliverance and restoration. The psalm preserves the testimony of someone who once prayed a lament (vv. 8-10) but now has experienced God’s favorable answer to that prayer.

It begins and ends with a commitment to praise God based on the remembrance of the outcome of God’s deliverance (vv. 2-3) and the narrative of the journey from well-being through trouble to restoration (vv. 6-7).

The middle of the psalm features a kernel of timeless wisdom about the enduring mercy of God (vv. 4-5).

The psalms imagery features polar opposites (put down/brought up, anger/mercy, weeping/rejoicing, mourning/dancing, sackcloth/joy) that suggest the dramatic nature of God’s deliverance.

 

A prayer for reflection:

O God, our healer and our help,
we will never face a challenge or a need that surpasses your provision and your love.
Fill out hearts with thankful praise, and use us to draw others close to you,
so that after the night of sorrow they too may rejoice in the Dayspring from on high,
your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, in whose name we pray. Amen.

 

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