Epiphany 5 - Year B
Psalm 147:1-11, 20c
Everyone is looking for a gracious G*D - at least one gracious to them, if not to their enemies.
It’s lovely to have a G*D that confirms our center of power and brings an in-group back into relationship with one another and in charge of an occupied space.
How wonderful to have a G*D who mends our every flaw.
There is nothing better than a G*D who sets a large enough context that we can use universally for ourselves and against others.
Indeed, great is our G*D - powerful and wise for smoothing our path to greatness.
While G*D is defined as a lifter of the downtrodden, it is always understood that is us (whiney Christians in America fit this model of feeling persecuted against all facts to the contrary) and never anyone else who experiences being downtrodden. Likewise, the wicked are always “them” and never “us”.
So sing and dance while G*D takes care to keep us on top.
Prosperity is in process because the unseen hand of G*D (whatever economic system is in place) is always at work.
So, keep this relationship going - fear G*D by expressing your steadfast love for the same.
Yep, praise is an easy way to get what you want.