Pentecost - Year A
Psalm 104:24-34, 35b
If we are going to see G*D as reliably creative, we will soon find ourselves moved aside from partnership with G*D to someone who sits up and begs (v 28). We become dependent upon G*D to the exclusion of being able to stray from the orthodox, official, tradition claimed to be the guarantor of our next handout.
Thus we don’t mention sin and wickedness in verse 35a. We need to ban even half-a-verse that takes the focus off of verse 31 - “The glory of God—let it last forever! Let God enjoy his creation!” [The Message].
Where did these consumed sinners and wicked folks come from? The same place as Cain and Seth’s wives? The image of G*D from creation?
Pentecost is not about praise, praise, praise in a secluded room. It is about face-to-face encounters with that which is different and finding a common link between. A too happy Psalm puts more focus on tongues of fire and less on tongues of reconciliation.