A Journey Through the Psalms: Reflections for Worried Hearts and Troubled Times
Preaching the Psalms Cycles A, B, C
This psalm could have been written yesterday! It is striking in its contemporaneous feel. Think about it. Today the airwaves are full of those who would offer advice. From familiar newspaper advice columns to the proliferation of so-called professionals who offer advice on everything from dating to careers to investing and back again, everyone wants to get in on the act. Moreover, the media and its corporate handlers offer the seductive sinner's path to anyone who is willing to take the hike. Violence is chic, infidelity is standard, and religion is a joke.
Are you paying attention? Or are you paying attention to the wrong stuff? A voice that sounds a lot like Wisdom as we met her in Proverbs begs us to learn from past experience, so as not to spend money when we can get free stuff. The first generation liberated from Egypt died in the desert because they didn’t learn. And when the people pointed with oohs and ahhs towards current events, Jesus asked them to learn from the past to recognize that some things are not as significant as the eternal choices.
The government has finally woken up to the fact that the health of our children in this country is threatened by their food. For two generations, since World War II, food has become increasingly processed and the era of the fast food meal is well and truly with us.
Karen hates church. She feels it's a place where people are brainwashed. She thinks the people who go to church are weak, looking for a crutch in sermons that tell them how to behave. Karen clearly has an issue with established religion.