Lectionary for the Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany

This excerpt comes from Psalms for All Seasons, commenting on Psalm 147:

Psalm 147, the third of six praise psalms that conclude the Psalter, intertwines acclamations about God’s creation and preservation of the cosmos (vv. 4-5, 8-9, 15-18) with acclamations about God’s present-day acts of healing and restoration to the brokenhearted and outcasts (vv. 2-3, 6, 10-11, 13-14, 19-20).

Addressed to the community that had returned from exile (see v. 2), this intertwining is a way of saying both that the one who heals and restores us is none other than the Creator of the cosmos and that the Creator of the astonishing cosmos is the one who cares about nurturing and healing us.

 

Prayer for reflection:
We worship you, O God, builder, healer, counter of stars.
We sing praise to you, O God, provider, delighter, protector of your people.
You give us life and joy through your Son.
By the power of your Spirit may we never stop rejoicing in you. Amen.

 

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