Posted by: Pauline | February 18, 2018

Scriptures for Sunday February 25

Psalm 6

We don’t know the circumstances behind this psalm, but the psalmist clearing was experiencing anguish both of body and spirit. We may not be experiencing such anguish at this time, but probably all of us have had times when we wanted to ask God, “How long will this go on?”

In the early church, this psalm was sung on Ash Wednesday, as believers humbled themselves before God and confessed their sins. Whether the troubles we are facing are a result of wrong choices we have made, or just life in a broken world, we can follow the psalmist’s example of turning to God in our confusion and pain.

Psalm 137

The conquered and exiled Israelites cried out to God in grief over the loss of their holy city and Temple, and in anger at what their oppressors had done to them. They clung to the memory of their homeland, where God had been present with them and blessed them. The psalm does not address questions of why God allowed their suffering, but calls on Him to bring justice by punishing those who caused such suffering, not only the Babylonians but also the Edomites who apparently had joined with them in the destruction of Jerusalem.

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