Faithful love and truth have met;
righteousness and peace have kissed.
Verb tenses mix in an interesting way in this prayer. It begins with the past tense. Count how any times the past tense is used in the first three verses. There’s a look at the future tense in three questions about God’s anger with the hope that God will revive His people again.
Then, beginning with verse 6, there is mixture of past and present tenses as the psalmist gets in touch with how active God is in saving us. There is a beautiful image of union as the writer pictures righteousness and peace kissing each other. Just as a kiss is a spiritual blending of two persons, so do these two virtues come together into a new and powerful unity. There is no real peace without righteousness—meaning justice—and there is no justice without peace.
Catch the spiritual warmth in this psalm that seeks to become one with your own inner feelings. Let in all this love and grace from God. Jot down a few notes of what you are feeling and thinking in the course of your time of prayer.
Here is a sample of a seven-syllable breath-prayer
from today’s reading:
The kiss of justice and peace. v. 10
For more information about this creative way to pray, see Bible Breaths.
This is the fourth of thirteen weeks in Kingdomtide,
autumn in the north. Year B
Wednesdays are dedicated the Psalms.
These Firestarters are from a new edition of The Bible Through the Seasons being developed for families with children. For the Firestarters in the original edition, I recommend the ebook. You will have the entire program of well over a thousand Firestarters with you on your phone or tablet. More information…