Psalm 147: 1-11 (aligned with Year B Epiphany 5)
Hallelujah!It’s a good thing to sing praise to our God; praise is beautiful, praise is fitting.
2-6 God’s the one who rebuilds Jerusalem, who regathers Israel’s scattered exiles.
He heals the heartbroken and bandages their wounds.He counts the stars and assigns each a name.
Our Lord is great, with limitless strength;
we’ll never comprehend what he knows and does.
God puts the fallen on their feet again and pushes the wicked into the ditch.
7-11 Sing to God a thanksgiving hymn, play music on your instruments to God,
Who fills the sky with clouds, preparing rain for the earth,
Then turning the mountains green with grass, feeding both cattle and crows.He’s not impressed with horsepower; the size of our muscles means little to him.
Those who fear God get God’s attention; they can depend on his strength.
This psalm is a beautiful example of God’s shalom – the whole of life flourishing that accompanies God’s Kingdom on earth:
The exiles are gathered
The heartbroken are healed
Justice is championed
Even the farthest-flung parts of creation are known and loved
And the whole earth is nourished and flourishing.
This week, I encourage you to ask God to draw your attention to the small, easy-to-overlook ways that the flourishing of the Kingdom is already present in your world. How can you make space for more of that to happen? You might decide to plant a tree that encourages bees (you can plant in a pot!)You might decide to volunteer in a soup kitchen… Pay attention to the tug of the Holy Spirit to ‘get on board’ with something that is happening.
Share with us! We want to join in the celebration of the ways that God’s shalom is visible in the world! How might this reflection be useful in your gathering? Can you imagine how you could use this idea to spark off something in your community? How could that be intergenerational: engaging everyone in a safe and authentic way?