Speak Lord: Living water

DSC07029 Massah and Meribah.jpg

O that today you would listen to his voice! ‘Harden not your hearts.’

Come, ring out our joy to the Lord;
hail the rock who saves us.
Let us come before him, giving thanks,
with songs let us hail the Lord.

O that today you would listen to his voice! ‘Harden not your hearts.’

Come in; let us bow and bend low;
let us kneel before the God who made us:
for he is our God and we
the people who belong to his pasture,
the flock that is led by his hand.

O that today you would listen to his voice! ‘Harden not your hearts.’

O that today you would listen to his voice!
‘Harden not your hearts as at Meribah,
as on that day at Massah in the desert
when your fathers put me to the test;
when they tried me, though they saw my work.’

O that today you would listen to his voice! ‘Harden not your hearts.’

Responsorial Psalm for Sunday of the 4th Week in Ordinary Time
Psalm 94:1-2,6-9

We are urged to listen to the voice of the Lord. But whose voice do we hear in the psalm?

We hear a call to praise addressed to those who know the Lord as Saviour: a call to praise and to worship.

But then, who is addressed? Maybe the psalm continues to address that same group, or maybe it begins to look beyond them, to us, to whoever does not listen to the Lord. And why? That we too might know their joy, their hope, their trust…

As today’s singers of the song may we too be inspired to bear witness and mission…

Detail of sarcophgagus, Musee Antiques Arles. (c) 2013, Allen Morris.

 

 

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