Preaching The Lectionary Psalms for Cycles A, B, C
Some psalms display a clear context, a human situation that has led to the writing of the hymn. Such is the case with Psalm 86. While we cannot discern the context in every detail, it is clear that this psalm arises from the lips of a person who is surrounded by fearsome enemies. These enemies are "insolent"; they rise up against the psalmist, threatening to take his life (v. 14). For his own part, he is "poor and needy," and has nowhere else to turn for protection but to the Lord (v. 1).
“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?