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Lectionary Reflection

Year B, Proper 19 Psalm

Psalm 116

I love the LORD, because he has heard the voice of my supplication, * because he has inclined his ear to me whenever I called upon him. The cords of death entangled me; the grip of the grave took hold of me; * I came to grief and sorrow. Then I called upon the Name of the LORD: * "O LORD, I pray you, save my life." Gracious is the LORD and righteous; * our God is full of compassion. The LORD watches over the innocent; * I was brought very low, and he helped me. Turn again to your rest, O my soul, * for the LORD has treated you well. For you have rescued my life from death, * my eyes from tears, and my feet from stumbling. I will walk in the presence of the LORD * in the land of the living. I believed, even when I said, "I have been brought very low." * In my distress I said, "No one can be trusted."

How shall I repay the LORD * for all the good things he has done for me? I will lift up the cup of salvation * and call upon the Name of the LORD. I will fulfill my vows to the LORD * in the presence of all his people. Precious in the sight of the LORD * is the death of his servants. O LORD, I am your servant; * I am your servant and the child of your handmaid; you have freed me from my bonds. I will offer you the sacrifice of thanksgiving * and call upon the Name of the LORD. I will fulfill my vows to the LORD * in the presence of all his people, In the courts of the LORD'S house, * in the midst of you, O Jerusalem. Hallelujah!

Reflection on Psalm 116

by Sally Maxwell

This psalm of thanksgiving does not include as much nature imagery as many do, yet two lines stand out: Verse 7: "the Lord has dealt bountifully with you" and Verse 9: "I walk before the Lord in the land of the living." This grateful psalmist praises God for life, bounty and abundance, reminding that these blessings are indeed from the Creator. And the psalmist reminds of another promise and blessing: the land!

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To Reflections on other Readings for Year B, Proper 19:

Old Testament (Hebrew Scripture) Isaiah 50:4-9
no reflection available
Psalm 116
this reflection
New Testament James 2:1-5, 8-10,14-18
no reflection available
Gospel Mark 8:27-38 or Mark 9:14-29

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