2 Samuel 11:1-15 – The 9th Sunday after Pentecost â€“ for Sunday, July 26, 2015
â€œPlace Uriah at the front of the fiercest battle, and then pull back from him so that he will be struck down and die.â€ (2 Samuel 11:15)
Last week I read Psalm 89:20-37. If you follow the Lectionary, you did too. Maybe you used that Psalm for a sermon or ignored it. Maybe, when you read Psalm 89, it was for the first time.
Or, if youâ€™re in the majority of the worldâ€™s card-carrying adults, you donâ€™t know about or donâ€™t care about the Lectionary. Regardless, let me refresh your week-old memory of the Psalms (or share a completely new verse with you):
Once and for all I have sworn by my holiness; I will not lie to David. (Psalm 89:35)
The â€œIâ€ used twice in the above verse is the very Holy â€œI.â€ Which is to say, depending on your pronoun proclivities, the â€œIâ€ is God him or her self. And this one verse is representative of last weekâ€™s Psalm lesson. Word after word and verse after verse, Psalm 89 depicts the Holy gushing about King David. Itâ€™s almost like the Almighty sits on the fifty yard line, waving an oversized Weâ€™re #1 foam finger, while David strides, tall and proud, toward the middle of the field. Continue reading →