Speak Lord: Our reason for hope..

Aix 2014a

The Psalm on Sunday, the 3rd Sunday of Easter, puts on our lips a profession of faith and trust.

 Lift up the light of your face on us, O Lord. or Alleluia!

When I call, answer me, O God of justice;
from anguish you released me, have mercy and hear me!

Lift up the light of your face on us, O Lord. or Alleluia!

It is the Lord who grants favours to those whom he loves;
the Lord hears me whenever I call him.

Lift up the light of your face on us, O Lord. or Alleluia!

‘What can bring us happiness?’ many say.
Lift up the light of your face on us, O Lord.

Lift up the light of your face on us, O Lord. or Alleluia!

I will lie down in peace and sleep comes at once
for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety.

Lift up the light of your face on us, O Lord. or Alleluia!

Psalm 4:2,4,7,9

The psalm this Sunday has two optional responses – one, Alleluia, the ancient cry of praise to God; the second a request for help. The difference between the two can be immense, of course. It can also be tiny. The Christian’s cry for help is firmly founded on knowledge of God’s eternal love. We may sometimes experience desperation but in God we trust.

The psalmist puts it with beautiful simplicity.

‘What can bring us happiness?’ many say.
Lift up the light of your face on us, O Lord.

  • What gives you confidence in the Lord?
  • What are your recent experiences of his goodness? How do they impact on your life.

Sunflowers, Aix en Provence. (c) 2014, Allen Morris.

 

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