Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Lent 3b - Psalm 19

Psalm 19
“Above all keep me from presumptuous sins “is how the NRSV translates “keep back your servant from the insolent” that would gain dominion over us. We usually think of sin in terms of weakness but these sins are acts of avarice and pride. These presumptuous, “hidden faults” left undetected grow into the great transgressions from which the psalmist prays to be spared. It is when we live in ignorance of our complicity in the patterns of thought, word and deed that deaden the heart and whither the soul that our lives grow increasingly disconnected to the source of light and life. The trouble is we can become accustomed to life in the shadows and think all is well when those around us can see it isn’t. As difficult as it is to hear the truth about ourselves it is a means of grace whereby God returns us to the place of peace where the words of our mouths and the meditation of our hearts are acceptable to our Rock and Redeemer, and everyone else as well.

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