This week's reading from 2 Samuel recounts the establishment of Jerusalem as the tribes of the north and of the south were united under King David. David became greater and greater because God was with him.
Psalm 48, chosen as the response to this passage, begins with a call to praise the Lord. To praise the Lord who resides in this city on top of his holy mountain. This mountain, Mount Zion is beautiful to look at and is beneficial as a place of protection. Just looking at it scares enemy kings.
What scares the powerful now? Where do they, or the rest of us, become aware of the presence of God?
Mount Zion, as a mountain, is visible, permanent, and defensible from enemy onslaught. So is the steadfast love of God.
I'm looking at verses 8 and 9. They knew about Mount Zion and the love of the Lord residing there because somebody had bothered to tell them. How did we find out? Have we told anybody else? Read verses 12-14.
May 26, 2013 – Trinity Sunday/First Sunday after Pentecost God of Love and grace, you created us at our birth, but you continue to create us in our living. Even in death, the journey will not be complete. As we share our gifts this morning, we strive to grow into sacrificial giving. It is when we are challenged that we are shaped, re-formed by you, into the disciples you long for us to be. May the gifts we give and the lives we live display to the world an endurance that produces character and character that produces hope. For we pray boldly, knowing hope that comes from the Holy Spirit never disappoints! In Christ, we pray. Amen. (Romans 5:1-5)
Written by Ken Sloane, Director of Stewardship for GBOD.