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July 2019

Reorientation Psalm

Sunday, we will wrap up our series on the Psalms of Orientation. This week, we’ll look at a Reorientation Psalm. These psalms play a vital role in our lives because they give voice to the times of loss and hurt with a new sense of hope.

Last week with the Disorientation Psalms, we looked at speaking to God through loss and hurt. This week, we turn the corner to address the disorientation in new terms.

Walter Brueggemann writes, “…the Psalms regularly bear witness to the surprising gift of new life just when none had been expected. That new orientation is not a return to the old stable orientation, for there is no such going back. The psalmists know that we can never go home again. Once there has been an exchange of real truthfulness, as there is here between Yahweh and Israel, there is no return to the pre-truthful situation.”

That is the beauty of these psalms. They invite us into the reality of truthfulness with our God. I believe we would all affirm God's knowledge of us. Many of us learned Luke 12:6-7 in Sunday school as children. "What is the price of five sparrows—two copper coins? Yet God does not forget a single one of them. And the very hairs on your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are more valuable to God than a whole flock of sparrows."

If God knows us that well, why do we think we hide parts of ourselves from Him? I know it’s a little scary to think anyone knows us that well, but you are valued by Him.

This Sunday, we will look at Psalm 27. I encourage you to read through it and prepare your heart for God's voice. It is my prayer that we can join the psalmist and pray, "Hear me as I pray, O Lord. Be merciful and answer me! My heart has heard you say, 'Come and talk with me.' And my heart responds, 'Lord, I am coming'" (Psalms 27:7-8).

May we come and talk to Him.

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