There is some question around the authorship and background of Psalm 130. Many think that this psalm was written by David in response to the constant pursuit he experienced from King Saul. Another conjecture is that it is David’s cry of repentance, perhaps for his sins against Bathsheba and the...

Dear God, thank you for your forgiveness. Thank you for finding me and lifting me up again that I may serve you gladly. Amen.


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Lectionary Week
June 24–30, 2024
Scripture Overview

David is remembered in scripture as a mighty king and as a great poet. Many of the Psalms are ascribed to him. In Second Samuel we find a song of lament over Saul and Jonathan. Saul was violently jealous of David, yet David still honored Saul as God’s anointed king. Jonathan, Saul’s son, was David’s best friend. David bemoans Israel’s loss of these leaders. The author of Psalm 130, although probably not David, appeals to God in David-like fashion. The Gospel reading shows the power of a woman’s faith. In Second Corinthians, Paul deals with practical matters, appealing to the Corinthians to send promised financial help to the believers in Jerusalem.

Questions and Suggestions for Reflection

Read 2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27. What part does music play in your prayer life? Do you sing both songs of lament and songs of praise?
Read Psalm 130. When have you cried out to God from the depths of your despair? What was God’s response?
Read 2 Corinthians 8:7-15. How do you maintain your eagerness to practice your faith?
Read Mark 5:21-43. What has been your experience of God’s healing?

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