Monday, December 15, 2014
Psalm for Sunday, December 21, 2014
Psalm 89: 2-3, 4-5, 27-29 (Read)
" I have made a covenant with my chosen one.”
This Sunday's Psalm sings about God’s
promises to Israel and God's covenant with David.
“I have made a covenant with my chosen one.”
That same divine selection is celebrated in our
1st reading that tells the story of how David was
taken from pasturing sheep to become Israel’s
commander. (2 Samuel 7:8)
Our psalmist quotes the Lord, “I have sworn to
David my servant: Forever will I confirm your posterity
and establish your throne for all generations.”
And how does this young shepherd boy rise to
greatness in Israel? He succeeds because he has
found favor with God, and God will be the source of his
strength. This is the same divine strength that St Paul
tells us is available to each of us, if we believe and
have faith. (Romans 16:25)
But it isn’t a one way street with the Lord. David is
to show us that we must give glory to God. He cries out,
“You are my Father, my God, the Rock, my Savior.”
Mary also finds favor with God and is anointed to be
the Blessed Mother of our Lord Jesus. She too responds
by giving glory to God in this week’s Gospel. (Luke 1:38)
The Lord’s covenant with David stands firm, and it is
through God’s promise to David that the Messiah is
born of Mary. “Forever, I will maintain my love for David;
my covenant with him stands firm.” That promise
to David is fulfilled in the birth of our Savior and for that
we too must give glory to God.
Discussion Questions for Reflection
1. David is to call out to the Lord, 'You are my father, my God, the Rock, my savior.'
We too are inspired to cry out to God in a similar way. Tell of the times when you
have felt like crying out to God in worship and praise.
2. Our Psalm response is, 'Forever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.' One reason
to sing of the Lord's goodness is because His promises are trustworthy. Describe how
you have relied on the promises of the Lord in your journey.