Season After Pentecost, 2019 Year C : The Psalm Passage – When an ordinary life is anything but!

But you, O LORD, do not be far away! O my help, come quickly to my aid!” (Psalm 22:19)

We jump into the middle of the psalm, after the psalmist talks about the people and things that have come against him. The psalmist is fearful because he is not sure, or does not feel, the presence of the Divine around him. He asks for that.

“Deliver my soul from the sword, my life from the power of the dog! Save me from the mouth of the lion! From the horns of the wild oxen you have rescued me.” (Verses 20 – 21)

We are taking this week about moving into Ordinary Time. This is the time of the church year where calm Sunday follows calm Sunday – except when it does not! The part of the church year may not have pomp or drama, but that does not mean that we will not encounter the unusual or the strange, or even the scary! And as I said yesterday, we should tell the people we meet and worship with what the Lord has done for us.

“I will tell of your name to my brothers and sisters; in the midst of the congregation I will praise you: You who fear the LORD, praise him! All you offspring of Jacob, glorify him; stand in awe of him, all you offspring of Israel! For he did not despise or abhor the affliction of the afflicted; he did not hide his face from me, but heard when I cried to him.” (Verses 22 – 24)

Often it is in the Ordinary Times that the Divine’s Mighty Hand becomes evident in our lives. Apart from what the Lord God has done in history and how the church has celebrated those events and blessings, in our ordinary day when we are hard pressed the Lord God makes those special and memorable days because of what is done for us. They may not be days that stand our in the calendar in our lives, but we remember when we felt most pressed up and oppressed that the Lord God was there.

“From you comes my praise in the great congregation; my vows I will pay before those who fear him. The poor shall eat and be satisfied; those who seek him shall praise the LORD. May your hearts live forever! All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the LORD; and all the families of the nations shall worship before him. For dominion belongs to the LORD, and he rules over the nations.” (Verses 25 – 28)

I remember periods in my life when I needed and called upon the Lord. I do not remember the exact days but I do remember calling out to the Divine and being answered. Those times and days are signposts in my life that give me comfort and courage; and I know I can call upon the Divine again. Do you, beloved reader, have memory of days and times when you called out to the Lord? Did you tell anyone about it? The psalmist seems to have no reluctance in talking about his dark times and how his God came through for him.

It is a spiritual discipline, beloved reader, to talk about one’s down times, when one was needful and the Divine came through. We like to talk about our triumphs and successes rather than our failings and shortcomings. Revealing when we have been weak shows when the Divine’s strength has come through. I would encourage you to be honest with yourself and with others when you have needed the Lord God. It is a wonderful testimony and a growing experience during Ordinary Times. Selah!

 

{I have not idea! how the posting of this got so messed up! But I am sure it was some error that I made! So sorry! Here is what I meant! Selah!!}

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