Psalm 107 opens with a Hebrew imperative, ho¯du¯! (“Hey, everyone, let’s give thanks!”) Why? Because YHWH is good and faithful. How can I be sure that God is good? The fact that the congregation is standing there after the Exodus and the Exile shows that God faithfully led them out...
Lord, you are good and your covenant love endures forever. Set our feet firmly on the path that leads to life. Increase our awareness of your abiding presence even when things may not go according to our plans or meet our expectations. Amen.
An overarching theme of the All Saints Day lectionary texts is “Keep pressing forward, despite observable challenges, because God is still at work among us.” Joshua seeks to bolster the sojourner’s faith by linking the present moment with the rescuing actions of God in the past. The psalm is a song of corporate thanksgiving, a deep inhalation and a collective sigh of relief from the those who were drowning in the dark waters of exile. In Thessalonians we read an apostolic plea to allow the word of God to continue its revelatory, good-news work among believers. And in Matthew we hear the charged opening of Jesus’ final discourse, as he sharply warns against religious arrogance and hypocrisy that can hinder God’s work of kingdom justice.
Read Joshua 3:7-17. When have you had to trust leaders for the good of your community?Read Psalm 107:1-7, 33-37. Recall difficult times in your faith journey. How did you experience God’s steadfast love through these times? Read 1 Thessalonians 2:9-13. What daily practices give you insight into God’s word? How do you encourage others in their life of faith?Read Matthew 23:1-12. Do your leaders live what they preach? If you are a leader, how do you strive to live the gospel?
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