Saturday, April 2, 2016

Rise Up O God

How long will the enemy mock you, O God?
Will the foe revile your name forever?
Why do you hold back your hand, your right hand?
Take it from the folds of your garment and destroy them!


But you, O God, are my king from of old;
you bring salvation upon the earth.
It was you who split open the sea by your power;
you broke the heads of the monster in the waters.

It was you who crushed the heads of Leviathan
and gave him as food to the creatures of the desert.
It was you who opened up springs and streams;
you dried up the everflowing rivers.

The day is yours and also the night;
you established the sun and moon.
It was you who set all the boundaries of the earth;
you made both summer and winter.

Remember how the enemy has mocked you, O Lord,
how foolish people have reviled your name.
Do not hand over the life of your dove to wild beasts,
do not forget the lives of your afflicted people forever.


Have regard for your covenant,
because haunts of violence fill the dark places of the land.
Do not let the oppressed retreat in disgrace;
may the poor and needy praise your name.

Rise up, O God, and defend your cause;
remember how fools mock you all day long.
Do not ignore the clamor of your adversaries,
the uproar of your enemies, which rises continually.


(Psalm 74:10-23)

But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead...
In Christ all will be made alive...
Then the end will come when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father
after he has destroyed all dominion, authority and power.
For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet.
The last enemy to be destroyed is death...


Death has been swallowed up in victory,
Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?
(1 Corinthians 15: 20, 22, 24-26, 54-55)

2 comments:

  1. Reading those verses in an "Easter" context/ with "Easter" imagery somehow made them come alive to me. Thank you!

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    1. So glad to know that Julie! They really struck me as well in that context when I read them as part of my daily reading plan.

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