Promise and Obedience

February 21, 2011 § Leave a comment

Psalm 119:57-64 keeps God’s promise and our obedience together.  God promises to be gracious (119:58) and we promise to be obedient (119:57).  Our obedience rest in God’s promise of grace, and God’s promise of grace is the basis for our life of obedience.  I found the following prayer of Walter Brueggemann that beautifully articulates how these two aspects belong together:  “You are the God who makes extravagant promises.  We relish your great promises of fidelity and presence and solidarity, and we exude in them.  Only to find out, always too late, that your promise always comes in the midst of a hard, deep call to obedience.  You are the God who calls people like us, and the long list of mothers and fathers before us, who trusted the promise enough to keep the call.  So we give thanks that you are a calling God, who calls always to dangerous new places.  We pray enough of your grace and mercy among us that we may be among those who believe your promise enough to respond to your call.  We pray in the one who embodied your promise and enacted your call, even Jesus.  Amen.”

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