Sunday 17 November 2019
Malachi 3:19-20. Psalm 97(98):5-9. 2 Thessalonians 3:7-12. Luke 21:5-19.
The Lord comes to rule the earth with justice – Psalm 97(98):5-9
‘By your perseverance you will secure your lives’
The psalm offers us nourishing words to console us in times of upheaval and crisis. We hear that ‘the Lord comes to rule the earth with justice’, a promise which acts as encouragement in our days. There is a musical theme throughout, as we are invited to praise with harp, voice, trumpets, and horn. The sea, the world, the rivers, the mountains, all make music to the Lord in joy and acclamation.
The Lord is on his way to rule with justice and equity for the peoples. We wait in expectant hope and attend to this time with faith and trust. ‘All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well’ as our sister Julian of Norwich once wrote. So today, when we feel moved to worry, let us place our hope in the Lord, singing songs of praise until he comes.