Posted by: richard | 4 July, 2008

Psummer fun!

We decided last week that we would change tack for July and August, rather than attempting more chapters of the “Everybody Wants To Change The World” book. We felt the book needed continuity and we already have some work to be doing on our ‘poverty’ related projects.

So we’re going to do some Psalms. Next week, Mary-Lisa will take us through Psalm 7 (the idea is we will move up in increments of seven, allowing people to read one a day during the week if they feel so inclined).

Please do read and reflect on it before the session. It’s meaty stuff – “look at that guy! He had sex with sin, he’s pregnant with evil. Oh, look! He’s having the baby—a Lie-Baby!” (The Message – available through the hyper-link above)



  1. Just to say I will get around to posting a summary of what we said, probably this evening or tomorrow afternoon! And preparation for Tuesday (Psalm 15) too…

  2. Summary of last Monday’s discussion

    Well folks, here it is, a little late therefore possibly a little clouded…

    This Psalm was written by David, about whom opinion varied from being annoying and whinging, to being honest and down to earth.
    One interpretation was that Psalm 7 is more of a general prayer in which David pours out his list of complaints and requests about the wicked, and ends up in praise and thanksgiving to God.
    Another interpretation is that this Psalm, like many others, is more of a thought process (probably about a specific hurt or event rather than general) in which David expresses his hurt, questions himself about his guilt, asks God to act, speaks truth about God being just and in control, and about the downfall of the wicked, cumulating in praise.
    The question was raised as to whether or not there is more imploring of God’s justice and “smiting of enemies” in the Old Testament than in the New Testament. I think we agreed there probably was. But we also agreed that imploring God’s justice was expressed today, if somewhat differently than in Old Testament times.
    We also agreed (I think!) that it might be best to read the Psalms as a form of poetry if you find yourself getting bogged down in all the “O God smite my enemies” stuff 🙂 (ie. let it wash over you and find a part you feel God speaking to you through – a bit like lectio divina)
    It was felt that a same Psalm could be read many times and depending on what the reader was experiencing at the time, different parts would be more or less meaningful.
    Psalm 7, like many Psalms is packed full of emotion, as well as Biblical truth and thanksgiving.

    Sorry if this is a bit muddled. I hope it’s useful. All comments welcome!

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