Sunday, September 24, 2006

Psalm 54 (Year B, Proper 20; 16 Pentecost)

Where do the the enemies go wrong in Psalm 54? How can we make sure we don't fall into their abortive mode of life?

The BCP translates v. 3 to the effect that the enemies are those who have "no regard for God." That rendering is a little weak. The Hebrew suggests that these folks' lives are off track because they do not keep God front and center. "They have not set God before them. Selah."

They do not concentrate, and take God's nature/name (God's "might" [v. 1]; God's reliability [v. 5]) to heart, letting this focus determine their course, not permitting their eyes to wander. I've tried to craft an image that symbolizes the opposite form of life from that of the enemies of Psalm 54.

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