Lectionary Reflection for the Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost

This excerpt comes from Psalms for All Seasons, commenting on Psalm 145:

Psalm 145, the first of six praise psalms that conclude the Psalter, is a grand hymn of praise.

As an acrostic where each verse begins with the subsequent letter of the Hebrew alphabet, the psalm alternates between vows to praise (vv. 1-2, 10, 21) and reasons for praise (vv. 3-9, 11-20), focusing on both the grandeur and the compassion of God.

The psalm explores in detail the quartet of divine virtues (covenant love, faithfulness, truthfulness, and righteousness) that have recurred throughout the Psalter.

The use of the terms “all” and “every” throughout the psalm highlights its theme of complete praise.

Some commentators have noticed correspondence between Ps. 145 and nearly every petition in the Lord’s prayer.

Prayer for reflection:
Great God, we exalt and worship you.
In Christ you offer us everything we need.
Embolden us to go out into the streets and alleys of our world,
urging others to come to your banqueting house;
and there may we discover the table of forgiveness and healing, of laughter and joy.

We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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