My bible study group decided to read the psalms this fall.  In my preparation for tomorrow, I was reading Walter Bruggemann’s book “The Psalms and the Life of Faith.”  Although Brueggemann directs this comment toward Psalm 66, I for one think that he speaks of the entirety of an alert and mature life of faith when he says:

On the one hand, the faithful power of God destabilizes, puts us at risk, breaks up the old, habituated congeniality.  On the other hand, the faithful power of Yahweh makes new and leaves us with abiding astonishment, healed, forgiven, ransomed, restored, not believing it could happen, but knowing that an inversion has happened.  That action of God becomes the clue and paradigm through which we now re-experience all else, repeatedly dazzled, repeatedly made vulnerable, repeatedly driven to doxology and abiding astonishment is as large as chaos and creation, as public as exile and reform, as powerful as condemnation and acquittal, and as staggering as death and new life. (The Psalms and the Life of Faith, p. 42)