Monday, May 11, 2015
Psalm for Sunday, May 17, 2015
Psalm 47: 2-3, 6-7, 8-9 (Read)
“God mounts his throne amid shouts of joy.”
This Sunday we celebrate the Ascension
of our Lord, who was taken up to heaven
to be seated at the right hand of the Father,
far above every principality, with authority
over every nation. (Ephesians 1:21)
With such an awesome God on his throne,
what hope do we have as mere human beings
that we will ever be able to approach Him?
How far above us can this Jesus be,
if He is taken up to heaven
and has all things put beneath his feet?
The words of a popular song say,
“Our God is an awesome God, He reigns
with power and love.”
Power is often associated with arrogance
and brutal treatment, but our God uses his
power to work miracles, and bring about healing.
And his power is expressed by his love,
by which we are raised up with Jesus.
Fortunately for us humans, Jesus has a plan
for us – we can feel his power and presence
within us, so long as we repent from our sins
and believe in Him. He is risen, and is seated
at the right hand of the Father in heaven.
Knowing this, we shout with joy, and we praise
Him. He leaves with us a way to share
in his divinity, through the Holy Spirit which He
sends to us. That same promise Jesus made
to his disciples is available to us – the promise
of the Father, the gift of the holy Spirit. (Acts 1:8)
After Jesus' Ascension, the disciples begin
their active ministry empowered by the Holy Spirit.
That same power is given to us so long as we believe;
we too are called to ministry. And for that we are
inspired to praise the Lord. As the psalmist says,
“Clap your hands, shout to God with cries of gladness,
sing praise to God!”
Discussion Questions for Reflection
1. Over and over our psalmist calls for us to shout to God and
sing praise to God, as God mounts his throne. Tell of how you
personally praise the Lord with 'cries of gladness.'
2. The verses of our psalm for this Ascension Sunday place our
Lord in his kingship and on his throne, and make it seem that God
is so far above us that we may not be able to approach Him easily.
How do you handle this apparent dilemma?
How do you approach our Lord?