Academic journal article Currents in Theology and Mission

Fifth Sunday in Lent: April 2, 2006

Academic journal article Currents in Theology and Mission

Fifth Sunday in Lent: April 2, 2006

Article excerpt

Jeremiah 31:31-34

Psalm 119:9-16

Hebrews 5:5-10

John 12:20-33

Cupped Ear/Psalm Sounds

Listen for the combination of the words "delight and God's word" in this section of Psalm 119. I wonder how many of our people equate keeping God's commands with a sense of delight.

This is the longest psalm in the entire collection of 150. For many, it appears unending, intimidating, and monotonous. Yet, this psalm is a masterpiece. It is shaped by the use of all twenty-two letters in the Hebrew alphabet. Each of the twenty-two sections begins with a letter in the alphabet. Then, each section has eight lines beginning with the same letter. Verses 9-16 use the second letter, [??], for each line.

The theme of Psalm 119 is the torah-centered life. God is our teacher, and we are God's students. The world is our classroom, and the lessons are about the "law/teachings" of God. The psalmist is like a young student seeking the wisdom of a pure life (v. 9).

God is the psalmist's teacher who guides him to keep and to remember God's torah in his heart (v. …

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