Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Psalm for Sunday, September 1, 2013
Psalm 68: 4-5, 6-7, 10-11
“God, in your goodness, you
have made a home for the poor.”
Our psalmist sings a tribute to our
sovereign God, who makes a home
for the poor in spirit. Though we may
be forsaken, or neglected, or alone with
no one to care for us, our God prepares
a home for us. It is as Jesus tells us,
“In my Father’s house there are many
dwelling places. If there were not,
would I have told you that I am going
to prepare a place for you?” (John 14:2)
Being poor in spirit implies that one is humble,
and does not exalt himself. In our Gospel this
Sunday, our Savior reminds the Pharisee within us
that the one who humbles himself will be exalted.
And in our 1st reading from Sirach, we are told to
conduct our affairs with humility, “Humble yourself
the more, the greater you are, and you will find
favor with God.”
Our psalmist assures us sinners too that God
will lead us out of whatever sinful habit is holding
us captive. “He leads forth the prisoners to prosperity.”
Like the 'bountiful rain' showered down upon us,
God restores us and provides for our needs.
For all that God does for us, as the Psalm says,
we are to “Sing to God, chant praise to His name!”
Discussion Questions for Reflection
1. Our psalmist speaks of a 'bountiful rain'
from the Lord, showering down upon us.
Tell of how you have been restored by God's
living water when you were parched and thirsty
for His presence.
2. The Psalm says that God 'leads forth prisoners
to prosperity.' Have you been set free from sinful
habits or worldly attachments by the Lord's healing