Cry of My Heart 06/09/2020

Hello Friends,

Psalm 130: 6 says,

“…my soul waits for the Lord
    more than those who watch for the morning,
    more than those who watch for the morning.”

 

Why do you suppose the psalmist repeated that phrase?
I’m guessing to put added emphasis on the watching for morning.

 

In ancient Israel there were guards who stand watch over the city walls by night. Imagine how dark it would have been.  There were no floodlights, no motion detection security lights and definitely no flashlights on a cell phone. 

Yes, there would be torches or perhaps oil lamps, but these would only light the area in close proximity to the light.  A nighttime sentinel would not have been able to see what was happening in the distance.

 

I imagine the long nights of standing watch were sometimes boring, with the sentinel trying to stay awake.  Other nights they were frightening as enemies tried to storm the city walls.  There may have been wild animals that tried to attack the guards.

 

My soul waits for the Lord.

Those sentinels knew what it was to wait for the Lord, the same way the watched and waited for the morning to come.

 

Spend some time thinking about this verse.

How is your soul watching for the morning?
What does the morning look like in the work of anti-racism?

What does the morning look like when you are facing person difficulties?

 

 

Click on the link below to hear and see Psalm 130.

Psalm 130


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Cry of My Heart 06.05.2020

Tonight’s meditation is called “Violence and Travail”.
It is an Advent piece, but it fits very well with how our hearts are crying out.
May we be reminded that Christ has come, and Christ will come again.
 

Violence and Travail


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Cry of My Heart – 06.04.2020

 
 
Psalm 70 is a prayer for deliverance from one’s enemies.
 
Click on the link to listen to this psalm of lament.
Pay attention to the way the psalm ends.  
The ending gives you a hint about how the entire book of psalms is structured.
The ending is “You are my help and my deliverer;
O Lord, do not delay!”  
It is a reminder that even though we are in despair for a moment, God will deliver us.

Psalm 70


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Cry of My Heart – 06.03.2020

 
Jesus was a man steeped in the psalms.
They shaped how he worshipped and how he prayed.
 
Today’s reading is Psalm 22.
This the psalm that Jesus recited to himself when he was in agony on the cross.
 
As you hear this psalm tonight, may you hear the voices of all those who cry out today because they feel that God has abandoned them. These could be the cries of black and browned skin people who for decade after decade have been subjected to systemic racism and abuse.
 

Psalm 22


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Cry of My Heart 06.02.2020

All this week we are focusing on Psalms of lament.
These prayers can be about one individual’s lament,
or it can be the lament of entire community.
 
This week, as our city is in a week of deep lament,
let’s allow the words of the psalms to speak for themselves.
Today’s Psalm is Psalm 17. Click on the link to hear the psalm.
 

Psalm 17 – a psalm of individual lament


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Cry of My Heart 06.01.2020

Lament.

These are psalms in which we cry out to God with all of our pain.
And, oh my, how we have been crying out.
We cry out for brown and black skinned children of God who are constantly on guard and in danger of being killed or injured for driving while black, shopping while brown, jogging while black……being arrested while black.
 
Please take time to listen to this powerful moment from worship on Sunday.
The song is “O Lord, Hear My Prayer” and the readings are from Psalm 13:1-3 and Psalm 22:1-2. Click on the link below.
 

Psalms of Lament

 
 

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