Monday, January 5, 2015
Psalm for Sunday, January 11, 2015
Psalm 29: 1-2, 3-4, 3, 9-10 (Read)
“The voice of the Lord is over the waters.”
The Psalm speaks of the voice of the Lord
thundering over the waters, “The voice of the
Lord is power, the voice of the Lord is splendor.”
That same awesome voice was heard over the
Jordan River that day when the heavens were
torn open and the Holy Spirit descended upon
Jesus as He was being baptized by John.
What could be more powerful than the voice
of God declaring, “This is my beloved Son,
with whom I am well pleased.”
(Gospel, Mark 1:11)
What happened at the Jordan River that day
was to fulfill what the Lord said to the prophet
Isaiah, “Here is my servant whom I uphold,
my chosen one with whom I am pleased, upon
whom I have put my spirit.” (Isaiah 42:1)
The Lord's baptism may have happened over
2000 years ago, but for us that was a life
changing moment. God anointed Jesus with
the Holy Spirit and power that day, the power
to serve the faithful (people like us), and to
do battle on our behalf with the devil.
From that time forward we too became eligible
to serve the Lord as His chosen ones. Isaiah
tells us what our spiritual mission is to be:
like Jesus, we are to be a light to the nations,
and open the eyes of the blind (those who do not
know the Lord). And imitating Jesus, we are
to bring out prisoners from confinement
(those who may be imprisoned by sin).
(Isaiah 42:6-7) What better way would there
be for us to serve the Lord?
Discussion Questions for Reflection
1. The Psalm encourages us to give God the glory due
His holy name. Tell of how you give God the glory in your
activities and your everyday life.
2. Our psalmist speaks of a powerful, majestic God, who
speaks with a mighty, thundering voice. How is God's majesty
at work in you, and how have you been empowered to be a good
witness for the Lord?