May 30, 2018
Psalm 81:6-10…“I am the Lord your God, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt. Open your mouth wide and I will fill it.” vs. 10
According to the book of Deuteronomy, the purpose of the sabbath commandment was to continually remind the people of Israel that God had led them up from the land of Egypt. The psalmist knew that and believed that, as that exodus story was remembered and retold, the Lord would continue to nurture and sustain the people. We see the wisdom of that insight in our own sabbath worship remembering. As we gather to sing praises and offer thanks, the old stories are proclaimed once more. We hear how Jesus took the bread, blessed it, and offered it to his followers, and the same with the wine. And then the words and actions are repeated, and at the Table we open our mouths wide and are filled. And what happened in Jesus happens again, and forgiveness is felt and hope renewed. And the next week we come again to worship–and it happens once more! Over and over, week after week, we feast at the Table of the Lord, hear the liberating words, and receive all that we need to sustain our souls. For people of faith, what many call “going to church on Sunday” is an encounter with the living God, a wrinkle in time that allows them touch the past, taste redemption and be strengthened for uncertain tomorrows.
Thought for the Day: How are people who don’t worship spiritually filled?