Thursday, January 16, 2014

Epiphany 2 A - Psalm 40:1-11

Psalm 40:1-11
Waiting for the Lord is only remembered as a “waiting patiently” process when feet are finally planted firmly and the new song is sung. When one is stuck in the miry bog or languishing in the desolate pit the only song you sing is a lament and the prayers that are cried ask for an answer yesterday. Not that we are unable to wait with faith and trust and hope; it’s just that “I waited patiently for the Lord” might make waiting patiently seem to be the only faithful response to being stuck. So while those who are on the other side of being stuck are right to proclaim the glad news of deliverance with songs of praise it would be more helpful to those who still languish in bogs of depression and doubt if our songs of saving help were sung in harmony with the laments they still sing. I’m not saying that we can’t count on God’s deliverance but I’ve come to believe if you can’t get there with me or I can’t get there with you God’s faithfulness means we are given to each other so that the place of desolation, or for that matter the place of deliverance, is not so lonely. 

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