Steven Bishop Meditation

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Psalm: 40,54; Zechariah 7:8-8:8; Matthew 25:14-30


Psalm 40:7 Then I said, "Here I am; in the scroll of the book it is written of me.  I delight to do your will, O my God; your law is within my heart.

We are 5 days away from celebrating God's breaking into the world.  The magnitude of this event cannot be overemphasized.  Yet, Psalm 40:7 asks us to take a breath.  We are asked to consider, for a moment, our place in God's life.  The Psalmist prays "Here I am."  For us English speakers this is a phrase, in Hebrew it is one word: "Hinneni."  It is the word spoken by countless faithful believers; it is more than "I'm here."  Abraham gets the credit for making this word ubiquitous.  He spoke it many times and others after him repeated it.  The sense moves beyond "I'm here" and incorporates the idea of "I'm ready", "I'm available", "I'm present."  The psalmist is confident that what is written about her in the  "scroll of the book" is positive and affirming.  The Psalmist goes on to say that she has spoken faithfully of God's presence, faithfulness, and enduring love for all of humanity.  In the season of Advent, let us be faithful witnesses to God's constant and unending love for every person we encounter.

God of all Grace, we rejoice that our names are written in the book of Life.  Give us strength to live up to our calling. Amen.

Steven Bishop, PhD
Associate Professor of Old Testament
Saint Michael and All Angels Chair in Biblical Studies
Seminary of the Southwest