Psalm 4 – The 3rd Sunday of Easter – for April 19, 2015
â€œAnswer me when I cry out, my righteous God! Set me free from my troubles.â€ (Psalm 4:1)
Set me free from my troubles!
It is the plea of the psalmist.
Psalm 4 is brief, eight verses, a liturgical dialog between a worship leader and congregation, and also an imagined conversation between Creator and creation.
Will the people be faithful?
Will the Lord hear?
Will the people cease sinning, and trustâ€”again, please againâ€”in Godâ€™s love?
God (the psalmist believed), wonders when the people will choose the everlasting and steadfast Holy love instead of going â€œafter lies.â€
Here we are in the season after Easter, but Iâ€™m avoiding the well-trod verses that follow the empty tomb. This weekâ€™s Psalm lesson appealed to me simply for respite from the Gospels. Now, in these days and scriptures after the resurrection, Jesus was roaming free, with each Gospel depicting unique moments where the reality of the risen Jesus, and the impossible love of God, was revealed . . . again and again. Continue reading →