Preaching The Lectionary Psalms for Cycles A, B, C
The writer of this psalm begins with an assertion and an invitation to the gathered company of worshipers. He announces his intention to "bless" the Lord all the time, to praise God with a continual song. In fact, the boast of his life is to be "in the Lord," and he calls upon all who are oppressed (NRSV "humble") to hear what he has to say.
“And immediately he received his sight and followed him on the way.” (v. 52b)
Good morning whoever is out there.
I hope you boys and girls are here this morning. Since I can't see you, let me know if you are actually present. (have the children touch and/or speak and/or sing) (Humor works, like have the children repeat something silly like, “Good morning fantastic, awesome, most highest lord pastor/teacher”)
I remember going to a Lent group years ago, where the priest gave all us lay folk a piece of paper and a pen and asked us to write down what we knew about Jesus. He didn't want us to write down what we'd been told about Jesus or read about Jesus, but simply what we knew for ourselves from our own experience.
I ended up with a blank sheet of paper, but one person wrote, "I know that Jesus saves me." That led onto an interesting discussion along the lines of: saves you from something? Or for something?