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Wait for the Lord

Submitted by on Friday, 5 December 2008No Comment
  • Reading I: Isaiah 29:17-24
  • Resp. Psalm: Psalm 27:1,13-14
  • Gospel Reading:  Matthew 9:27-31

darksunrising Psalm 27 is said to be "Of David" and perhaps was one of the psalms he used to sing for King Saul who was often moody and depressed. It begins with the declaration:

The Lord is my light and my salvation
whom do I fear?
The Lord is life’s refuge
of whom am I afraid?

The theme of God as "refuge" and "salvation" is developed in vv. 2-7. While God as "light" finds in vv. 8-12 its poetic unfolding. In v. 8, in fact, the expression "seek the face of God" is to seek his good favor. In ancient times, the good favor of a god is described as "the god’s face shining" on the petitioner.

It ends with a declaration of confidence in the psalmist’s lot before the Lord and a concluding exhortation to wait for the Lord who has been presented in the body of the psalm as refuge and strenght.

The psalm , with its concluding admonition to wait for the Lord aptly captures the theme of Isaiah 29:17-24 in which Isaiah describes a time when the deaf, the blind, the poor and the lowly — the poor of Yahweh will rejoice in God’s visitation.  That time all evil will be rooted out and God will be revered as the Holy One in the midst of Israel.  This will happen, Isaiah says, when Lebanon (its trees cut down and used as siege engines in war) shall have grown back into a forest.  This mention of the Lebanon should put the prophecy in the 8th century on the occassion of the destruction of Northern Israel.  But the oracle, even today, has its relevance:  the Lord has promised us that he will return after a short while and put all things right.  And even if we should wait for a short while, we should wait — as in Psalm 27 — with the confidence of David.

Isaiah 29:17-24
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17Is it not yet a very little while, and Libanus shall be turned into charmel, and charmel shall be esteemed as a forest?
18And in that day the deaf shall hear the words of the book, and out of darkness and obscurity the eyes of the blind shall see.
19And the meek shall increase their joy in the Lord, and the poor men shall rejoice in the Holy One of Israel.
20For he that did prevail hath failed, the scorner is consumed, and they are all cut off that watched for iniquity:
21That made men sin by word, and supplanted him that reproved them in the gate, and declined in vain from the just.
22Therefore thus saith the Lord to the house of Jacob, he that redeemed Abraham: Jacob shall not now be confounded, neither shall his countenance now be ashamed:
23But when he shall see his children, the work of my hands in the midst of him sanctifying my name, and they shall sanctify the Holy One of Jacob, and shall glorify the God of Israel:
24And they that erred in spirit, shall know understanding, and they that murmured, shall learn the law.
Psalm 27:1,13-14
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1The psalm of David before he was anointed. The Lord is my light and my salvation, whom shall I fear? The Lord is the protector of my life: of whom shall I be afraid?
13I believe to see the good things of the Lord in the land of the living.
14Expect the Lord, do manfully, and let thy heart take courage, and wait thou for the Lord.
Matthew 9:27-31
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27And as Jesus passed from thence, there followed him two blind men crying out and saying, Have mercy on us, O Son of David.
28And when he was come to the house, the blind men came to him. And Jesus saith to them, Do you believe, that I can do this unto you? They say to him, Yea, Lord.
29Then he touched their eyes, saying, According to your faith, be it done unto you.
30And their eyes were opened, and Jesus strictly charged them, saying, See that no man know this.
31But they going out, spread his fame abroad in all that country.
Isaiah 29:17-24
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17Is it not yet a very little while, and Libanus shall be turned into charmel, and charmel shall be esteemed as a forest?
18And in that day the deaf shall hear the words of the book, and out of darkness and obscurity the eyes of the blind shall see.
19And the meek shall increase their joy in the Lord, and the poor men shall rejoice in the Holy One of Israel.
20For he that did prevail hath failed, the scorner is consumed, and they are all cut off that watched for iniquity:
21That made men sin by word, and supplanted him that reproved them in the gate, and declined in vain from the just.
22Therefore thus saith the Lord to the house of Jacob, he that redeemed Abraham: Jacob shall not now be confounded, neither shall his countenance now be ashamed:
23But when he shall see his children, the work of my hands in the midst of him sanctifying my name, and they shall sanctify the Holy One of Jacob, and shall glorify the God of Israel:
24And they that erred in spirit, shall know understanding, and they that murmured, shall learn the law.

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