Monday, June 24, 2013

Psalm for Sunday, June 30, 2013

Psalm 16:  1-2, 5, 7-8, 9-10, 11

“With the Lord at my right hand,
 I shall never be shaken.”

This psalm of David speaks to us
about a belief in an everlasting life
with God.  “Lord, my allotted
portion and my cup, you have made
my destiny secure.”

The distress that afflicts us from time
to time when we feel separated from God
is overcome – “For you will not abandon
my soul to the netherworld, nor let your
faithful servant see the pit.”

We can understand the Psalm's
verses as a prophecy of the resurrection
of Christ, when we will see God’s son
seated at the right hand of the Father.
“You will show me the path to life,
abounding joy in your presence,
the delights at your right hand forever.”

These same verses are quoted by
St. Peter in his speech to the Israelites
at Pentecost.  St. Peter also uses the Psalm
as a prophecy that Jesus is to be
raised up and will sit at the right
hand of the Father.  For us these are
encouraging words, with a promise
that we too can look forward to being
lifted up and spending the rest of our
days in the presence of the Lord.

The Lord promises, if we are his faithful
servants, that we will not have to see the pit;
He will not abandon us.  As David says,
this is enough to make our hearts glad
and our souls rejoice.  "Therefore my heart
is glad and my soul rejoices,
my body, too, abides in confidence.”

Our burdens are made light;
His yoke is easy, and that gladdens the heart
and strengthens the body.


Discussion Questions for Reflection

1.  Our Psalmist speaks confidently about his belief in
an everlasting life with God.   Speak of how you are
confident about being raised up with the Lord and spending 

eternity in His presence.

2.  David says, "My Lord, you are my allotted portion 

and my cup."  Explain what these words mean to you.

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