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Psalm 41
A David psalm
1Dignify those who are down on their luck; you’ll feel good–that’s what GOD does.
2GOD looks after us all,
makes us robust with life–
Lucky to be in the land,
we’re free from enemy worries.
3Whenever we’re sick and in bed,
GOD becomes our nurse,
nurses us back to health.

4I said, “GOD, be gracious!
Put me together again–
my sins have torn me to pieces.”
5My enemies are wishing the worst for me;
they make bets on what day I will die.
6If someone comes to see me,
he mouths empty platitudes,
All the while gathering gossip about me
to entertain the street-corner crowd.
7These “friends” who hate me
whisper slanders all over town.
They form committees
to plan misery for me.

8The rumor goes out, “He’s got some dirty,
deadly disease. The doctors
have given up on him.”
9Even my best friend, the one I always told everything
-he ate meals at my house all the time!-
has bitten my hand.

10GOD, give grace, get me up on my feet.
I’ll show them a thing or two.

11Meanwhile, I’m sure you’re on my side–
no victory shouts yet from the enemy camp!
12You know me inside and out, you hold me together,
you never fail to stand me tall in your presence
so I can look you in the eye.

13Blessed is GOD, Israel’s God,
always, always, always.
Yes. Yes. Yes.

The Message (MSG)
Copyright © 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson

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Written by Monte

February 12, 2006 at 3:59 pm

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  1. The word that comes to mind in all of these readings for 2/19 is the word “optimism.” Christians I think, should be the most optimistic of all people in the world. Not a pollyanna illusion that doesn’t look at reality, but a true, deep sense of God’s abiding love and care for people that gives us a sense of “YES”. It isn’t the lack of adversity or problems or even tragedy that marks a Christian’s life and attitude, but a positive optimistic outlook based on the objective reality of God acting in time and history to save and redeem his people. It is so hard for modern, middle-class Americans to accept adversity and still maintain a positive sense of God’s blessing…yet, isn’t there still reason?

    Dan - Washington

    February 13, 2006 at 4:54 pm

  2. Blessed is GOD, Israel’s God, always, always, always.Yes! Yes! Yes! He has looked after me. He has made me robust with life! this life He gave the paraplegic, and that 1 Corinthians refers to. Life in His Spirit. My sins had torn me to pieces. Only by His grace did he put me back together again – nursed me back to health. He’s on my side! he put His Spirit in me. He knows me inside and out. He sees what is in me, just like He saw what was in the hearts of His critics in the gospel passage. And still, He is on my side! He holds me together. He stands me tall in His presence, like He did for the paraplegic. He teaches me to look Him in the eye, to believe that He loves me as much as these passages say He does. Created to praise Him! Water in my desert! Life where there was only death! So I can learn to love Him more. Yes!

    Georgann

    February 12, 2006 at 7:34 pm


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