Year B - Pentecost +10 or Energy to Witness 10
August 2, 2015
Don’t forget to drop verses 8, 9, and 10 from any reading aloud of this psalm. They make it all too easy to lose the hearer as they interrupt the flow from verse 7 to 11 — each is given grace according to Christ’s abundance. This grace appears as gifts as unique as we are and are to be engaged for building our common good.
All that ascending and descending talk is beside the point here. It is as if the writer had a brain-burp in the middle of their thought about comm-unity and somehow thought they should throw in a touch of creedalism to bolster their argument about building one another up in the image of G*D—a whole family of gods and images of gods (stars and plants and animals and immeasurably more).
Deleting verses 8-10 adds value to this passage. Try it, you’ll like it.