Thursday, July 21, 2011

Psalm 105:1-11, 45b

Pentecost + 6 - Year A

Psalm 105:1-11, 45b

Covenants and prophecies are only confirmed by their deeds. Here we have a perspective that says a particular understanding of cause and consequence have conspired together to affirm a prior stating of a covenant. And so the appropriate response is, "Praise the Lord" or "Amen" or "So be it".

In the meantime there are other covenants and prophecies that are contended between by those whose world would shake, and for some collapse, should there be a disconfirmation of their particular understanding. Of course there is no need to acknowledge that one's viewpoint has been from a spot built upon a fault-line.

Other psalms bemoan an experienced loss of covenantal or prophetic hope. There are those times when we don't seem to be able to recover from a lack of anticipated victory and give ourselves over to imploring our holiest-of-holies to wake up and come charging to our defense.

One of the questions this psalm raises is that of sufficient evidence that a past understanding is confirmed. Is it time to continue standing in its light or time to turn out that light so some more helpful glimmer might be glimpsed? So, time for a second thought about our underpinnings - on what are you basing your next action - A past covenant? A newly received prophecy? An openness to either yet to arrive?

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