Proclaim to the nations: ‘God is king.’
The world he made firm in its place;
He will judge the peoples in fairness.
Let the heavens rejoice and earth be glad,
Let the sea and all within it thunder praise,
Let the land and all it bears rejoice,
All the trees of the wood shout for joy
at the presence of the Lord for he comes,
he comes to rule the earth.
With justice he will rule the world,
He will judge the peoples with his truth.
This weekend is Saturday the 19 and Sunday the 20 January, beginning the Second Week of Ordinary Time.
The University of Johannesburg Choir sing Ndisondela Kuwe, 'I come to you in prayer, almighty God. You are worthy to be praised'. Can I come before Christ in prayer and praise Him?
Today’s reading is from Psalm 95.
“Proclaim to the nations: God is king.”Some people today find this kind of imagery – this kind of language – a bit old-fashioned or ‘patriarchal’.Others would say it’s good because it puts politicians in their place and shows who’s really in charge of the world.But how do you feel about this image of God as ‘king’?Is that how you see God?
Again and again this psalm promises that God will come to bring justice, fairness and truth.How does this prophecy speak to you?Is this your hope, too – your faith?What situations, what places, what people you know are crying out for God to come and put things right?
As the psalm is read again, see if you can picture what it describes – the way the whole of creation rejoices at God’s coming.
What do you want to say now to God – the King, the bringer of justice and truth, the Creator?Tell this God what thoughts and feelings this prayer time has stirred in you.