Speak Lord: Ever our help

Near Walsingham. (c) 2018, Allen Morris.

Lord, make me know your ways.
Lord, teach me your paths.
Make me walk in your truth, and teach me:
for you are God my saviour.

The Lord is good and upright.
He shows the path to those who stray,
He guides the humble in the right path,
He teaches his way to the poor.

His ways are faithfulness and love
for those who keep his covenant and law.
The Lord’s friendship is for those who revere him;
to them he reveals his covenant.

Psalm 24:4-5,8-9,10,14

During Advent 2019 our parish is using one of the Common Psalms provided for Advent in the Lectionary to encourage the singing of the psalm. So, during Advent, Living Eucharist has featured this psalm each week, rather than the one ‘proper’ to the Sunday. 

Before Christians were so termed, we were known as people of the Way – people who followed Jesus, the Way, the Truth and the Life.

Christians we are and still we seek to follow.

The psalmist cries out to the Lord for help in following. Already he knows that to follow in the way of the Lord is no easy matter for fallen humanity.

And then come the words of assurance and encouragement: it is almost as though the psalmist has shocked himself at his cry, at his longing for help, and at the audacity of longing to be able to walk in the Lord’s way…

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