Jesse Epp-Fransen reflects on the June 17, 2012 lectionary passages.
The lectionary passages for this week share a theme of viewing people in a new way. When Samuel is sent to the house of Jesse to anoint a new king, the Lord says to him, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; the Lord does not see as mortals see; they look on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart” (1 Samuel 16:2).
Psalm 20 connects the anointed of the Lord to a message against pride in military might. It is the Lord who rules the world, even while some take pride in chariots, and some in horses (Psalm 20: 6-7). The psalmist writes of our relationship to God in a time of need. Psalm 20 is a prayer for help from suffering and yet is filled with the language of the victory of God, our King.
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