Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Lectionary 27 A - Psalm 80:7-15

Psalm 80:7-15
The psalmist must not have read Isaiah who lays the blame for broken walls on the “pleasant planting” that produced sour grapes. There are times when we can clearly identify the cause and effect of choices made or delayed but there are just as many times when “Why, O Lord?” has no obvious answer. We cannot endure for very long with “Why, O Lord?” and so when the walls of our security have been broken down and the pleasant planting of our lives ravaged by calamity we cry aloud with the psalmist. “Restore us, God Almighty!” “Return to us, God Almighty!” “Look down from heaven and see!” Which is to say even when are no satisfactory answers to “why?” we trust the Lord still tends the vine of our lives.

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