ISSL Reflections October 31 2021 Psalms 149:1-5, 150 Post 1

This week we turn to the last two Psalms in the Book of Psalms, as we also end our time with the book of Psalms for now.

Spend some time with these Psalms and notice what holds your attention.

Psalm 149:1-5 (NRSV)

Praise the Lord!
Sing to the Lord a new song,
his praise in the assembly of the faithful.

Let Israel be glad in its Maker;
let the children of Zion rejoice in their King.

Let them praise his name with dancing,
making melody to him with tambourine and lyre.

For the Lord takes pleasure in his people;
he adorns the humble with victory.

Let the faithful exult in glory;
let them sing for joy on their couches.

Psalm 150 (NRSV)

Praise the Lord!
Praise God in his sanctuary;
praise him in his mighty firmament!

Praise him for his mighty deeds;
praise him according to his surpassing greatness!

Praise him with trumpet sound;
praise him with lute and harp!

Praise him with tambourine and dance;
praise him with strings and pipe!

Praise him with clanging cymbals;
praise him with loud clashing cymbals!

Let everything that breathes praise the Lord!
Praise the Lord!

Are you familiar with a “word cloud”? A word cloud is a visual representation of words that give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in a selected text.

In other words, the more often words occur in the selected text, the larger the word appears.

A possible word cloud representation of this week’s Scripture would be –

Does that paint an accurate picture of how you hear these Psalms?

Is your attention drawn to the word(s) most repeated, or is it drawn to something else? Maybe something you hear in the spirit of the Psalmist that leads him to offer this song to God and to us?

{ubi caritas et amor, Deus ibi est}

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