Bogged Down and Out
This is Rita Marquez’ sermon from Sunday, April 3, 2016. The scripture Psalm 40:1-11. In our service we read from the New Revised Standard Version and from The Message, a modern interpretation by Eugene Peterson. We read both with the hope that our understanding will be enriched.
This is from The Message:
1I waited and waited and waited for God. At last he looked; finally he listened. 2He lifted me out of the ditch, pulled me from deep mud. He stood me up on a solid rock to make sure I wouldn’t slip. 3He taught me how to sing the latest God-song, a praise-song to our God. More and more people are seeing this: they enter the mystery, abandoning themselves to God. 4Blessed are you who give yourselves over to God, turn your backs on the world’s “sure thing,” ignore what the world worships; 5The world’s a huge stockpile of God-wonders and God-thoughts. Nothing and no one comes close to you! I start talking about you, telling what I know, and quickly run out of words. Neither numbers nor words account for you. 6Doing something for you, bringing something to you—that’s not what you’re after.
Being religious, acting pious—that’s not what you’re asking for. You’ve opened my ears so I can listen. 7So I answered, “I’m coming. I read in your letter what you wrote about me, 8And I’m coming to the party you’re throwing for me.” That’s when God’s Word entered my life, became part of my very being. 9 I’ve preached you to the whole congregation, I’ve kept back nothing, God—you know that. 10I didn’t keep the news of your ways a secret, didn’t keep it to myself. I told it all, how dependable you are, how thorough. I didn’t hold back pieces of love and truth For myself alone. I told it all, let the congregation know the whole story. 11 Now God, don’t hold out on me, don’t hold back your passion. Your love and truth are all that keeps me together.
the New Revised Standard Version can be found here.