A place where all belong
Psalm 85: 8-13
8 Let me hear what God the Lord will speak,
for he will speak peace to his people,
to his faithful, to those who turn to him in their hearts.
9 Surely his salvation is at hand for those who fear him,
that his glory may dwell in our land.
10 Steadfast love and faithfulness will meet;
righteousness and peace will kiss each other.
11 Faithfulness will spring up from the ground,
and righteousness will look down from the sky.
12 The Lord will give what is good,
and our land will yield its increase.
13 Righteousness will go before him,
and will make a path for his steps.
Today we continue with a theme that invites us to consider what it might be like to live in a nation or a community where wrongs have been put to right. A place where all belong. This of course is the ultimate goal of the power and significance of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Here in this psalm the poet or writer is speaking about the ultimate reconciliation and reunion between mankind and God. It is the meeting point of grace between the earth and the sky. However it is also a wonderful ideal for us all to work towards as we anticipate what has still to be. So each time we pray “Your Kingdom Come”, do we not long for love and faithfulness to meet in our lives, and righteousness and peace to kiss in our times and change our world today?
Your word stirs up hope in our hearts
We long to have the courage
To make the right choices
To choose to live resurrection
To believe all will be well
Not as in a fairytale
But because You have intervened
In our messy world
You have kept the light on for us
You have engaged with truth and justice
You have reconciled the contradictions
Of Mercy, Grace and Justice
So today Lord
We’re stepping out of the past
And moving forward
And daring to dance in Church
Perhaps next Sunday?