Lectionary Reflection for the Second Sunday after the Epiphany

This excerpt comes from Psalms for All Seasons, commenting on Psalm 40:

Psalm 40 begins with a testimony about a past experience of divine deliverance (vv. 1-12) and continues with a plea for continued deliverance (vv. 13-17, duplicated in Ps. 70).

This psalm suggests that one way to prepare for intense petitions and event lament is to testify to God’s prior redemptive actions.

It has been used in some traditions in conjunction with readings about the angel’s appearance to Mary. The first half of the psalm echoes themes in Mary’s Magnificat and the second half is suggestive of the uncertainty and fear that Mary may have experienced.


Prayer for reflection:

God, our help and deliverer,
we thank you for rescuing us from the miry places of our lives
and placing our feet on the firm rock of faith in Jesus Christ.
We praise you for your faithfulness in the past and your promised presence today.
In those places where we find ourselves weak,
as well as in those places where we think ourselves strong,
help us to wait for you with believing hearts, trusting in Jesus our Savior. Amen.


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