Preaching The Lectionary Psalms for Cycles A, B, C
Psalm 96 is an enthronement psalm. This type of psalm was employed in worship to celebrate the unique presence of God with Israel in the temple and also to celebrate God's kingship over all creation. The presence of God was most likely symbolized by means of the Ark of the Covenant. The Ark was carried into the temple in a processional and placed in the holy of holies. Bringing the Ark into the worship place was the signal to celebrate the reality of God's presence in the world. That recognition was heralded with the words "the Lord reigns" (v. 10).
Are you paying attention? Or are you paying attention to the wrong stuff? A voice that sounds a lot like Wisdom as we met her in Proverbs begs us to learn from past experience, so as not to spend money when we can get free stuff. The first generation liberated from Egypt died in the desert because they didn’t learn. And when the people pointed with oohs and ahhs towards current events, Jesus asked them to learn from the past to recognize that some things are not as significant as the eternal choices.
The government has finally woken up to the fact that the health of our children in this country is threatened by their food. For two generations, since World War II, food has become increasingly processed and the era of the fast food meal is well and truly with us.
Karen hates church. She feels it's a place where people are brainwashed. She thinks the people who go to church are weak, looking for a crutch in sermons that tell them how to behave. Karen clearly has an issue with established religion.