52 Weeks at the Table – Week 20
The second Psalm (a numbering that goes back to biblical times, for so Paul describes it in his sermon to Pisidian Antioch, Acts 13:33) is not credited specifically to David. Yet it clearly foreshadows David’s descendent and forebearer (Revelation 22:16). Its declaration in the seventh verse – “I will proclaim the decree of the LORD : He said to me, ‘You are my Son; today I have become your Father’ ” – expresses the words from heaven at Jesus’ baptism (Matthew 3:16-17) and Jesus’ own intent on beginning His ministry (Luke 4:14-20) while reading the prophet Isaiah. To no angel had God ever bestowed the blessing of His Fatherhood (Hebrews 1:5).
This psalm’s twelfth verse also foretells an aspect of the Son’s nature we shudder to acknowledge: “Kiss the Son, lest he be angry and you be destroyed in your way, for his wrath can flare up in a moment. Blessed are all who take refuge in him.” For by the end of His ministry, He showed His anger toward those who had no respect for His Father or His Father’s house; tables were overturned, animals driven out. Their rejection of the Son then culminated in a kiss of betrayal. Those whom He would have gathered under His wings for refuge – but they would not (Matthew 23:37) – put Him to death on a cross. In about forty years, as He predicted, Rome laid waste all of Jerusalem – dashed to pieces like pottery.
And the Son of God lived to prepare a place for His followers – a refuge for the nations, His inheritance.
A Prayer Over the Bread
Lord God, we give you praise and honor; we give you our thanks for this bread, You Son’s body. We remember how You expressed Your pleasure at His baptism. We remember how He was rejected and despised, betrayed and killed. Most of all, we remember Your desire to give Jesus an inheritance of the faithful among the nations. As we share these morsels of bread, we remember Jesus. Amen.
A Prayer Over the Cup
This cup, our God, we realize could just as easily represented your wrath to be poured out on us in our disbelief and sin. But You sent us Your Son, who reflected Your displeasure at sin but personified Your joy in and love for Your people. So we drink a cup, not of wrath – which He drank for us – but a cup of blessing. May we always be grateful for this cup: His blood, and our salvation. Amen.