Sermons on Psalms

Justice for Poor Widows 1 Kings 17:8-16; Psalm 146; Mark 12: 38-44

Psalm 146 calls for justice for the poor in the form of a song of praise. How does that go together? Beth L. Tanner, Professor of Old Testament in New Brunswick, New Jersey, offers the following insight in her commentary on Working Preacher: Here is the first lesson of this psalm. Praise of God is sometimes an act of discipline. Under the circumstances of war and destruction, praise is not the result of external happiness, but stubborn belief in the face of…

The people are silent, but cosmos speaks loudly

The people are silent, but cosmos speaks loudly – Psalm 96, Matthew 27:27-54 Season of Creation, Forest Sunday In Psalm 96, all nature sings; heaven and earth; the sea and her creatures; the field and all animals, and all the trees of the forest. In Matthew’s account of Jesus’ suffering and death, the cosmos seems to be mourning with Jesus. Darkness comes over the land for the last three hours of Jesus’ life, and after his death, the earth shakes…