Remembrance Sunday – Sunday 8th November 2015 – Psalm 62:5-12
I’m using this Psalm in our big Remembrance Service – a wonderful personal testimony
Where are the surprises?
Whose voices do we not hear?
What challenges us?
Surprises – do you agree with what I find surprising in the text?
- There’s 3 distinct topics in this reading: a testimony, an recommendation for others to trust in God, and a comparison between God and the apparent insignificance of humanity. Much of our Remembrance is about our contribution in the wars and the glorifying of this. This Psalm delivers a welcome balance. God is in charge!
- That God is a stronghold, a rock, a refuge; the source of hope. Not strong armies, not arsenals of weapons.
- We’re urged to pour out our hearts: fears, worries, anger and the rest.
The voices we don’t hear – What might they say?
- Those who want a more nuanced faith which includes doubt and uncertainty. A more ‘Lord I believe, help my unbelief.’ approach.
- v12 Those who are undergoing great trauma – is God repaying them?
What challenges us in 2015?
- How might this phrase ‘power belongs to God’ (v11) give courage to those in our armed forces today?
- I suspect Jesus might challenge v9. Loving God and our neighbour is key.
- If we speak as this Psalmist does about our faith, might it sound arrogant and as if we were spinning a line? Honesty about our faith includes the darkness; yet we can also say ‘put your trust in him always, my people’ v8 because ‘for in him is my hope’ v5.