St Andrews Sermon 2015-02-08
Scripture Reading: Psalm 46 (Inclusive Bible)
God is our refuge and our strength, who from of old has helped us in our distress. Therefore we fear nothing—even if the earth should open up in front of us and mountains plunge into the depths of the sea, even if the earth’s waters rage and foam and the mountains tumble with its heaving.
There’s a river whose streams gladden the city of God, the holy dwelling of the Most High. God is in its midst, it will never fall—God will help it at daybreak. Though nations are in turmoil and empires crumble, God’s voice resounds, and it melts the earth.
YHWH. Sabaoth is with us—our stronghold is the God of Israel!
Come, see what YHWH has done—God makes the earth bounteous! God has put an end to war, from one end of the earth to the other, breaking bows, splintering spears, and setting chariots on fire. “Be still, and know that I am God! I will be exalted among the nations; I will be exalted upon the earth.”
YHWH Sabaoth is with us—our stronghold is the God of Israel!
* “YHWH” represents the divine name found in the Hebrew text. It represents the divine mystery, and is not pronounced. Instead, we say “God” or some other term of reverence.