Commands to God

The writer of this psalm has two things on his mind.  First, to pour out all his feelings of fear and distress at his enemies; second, to beg God for help.  He actually gives God commands!  If you know what the “imperative mood” is in grammar, that’s the mood that the sacred writer is in.

Making demands of God sounds rude at first.  Yet remember: the psalmist has lots of confidence and intimacy with God.  He knows that God wants to help him, so he just reminds God of what God said God would do…not that God needs reminding, but sometimes we do!

Psalm 143

Wednesdays are devoted to the reading of the Psalms,
one a week across the three-year cycle.

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