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The Abundance Accelerator

por Sylvie Pinley (2020-08-05)

Psalm 129 is not like this at all. It reads like a The Abundance Accelerator communal lament, but one with a confident twist. Most of all, its eight verses carry the same theme - throughout is strength of faith to stand by the ordinances of the LORD. AS THE COMMUNITY STANDS TOGETHERWhen we enter our church meetings our hearts are joined as one to worship God and denounce the presence of evil in our world. Yet, we don't leave it there. We pray and we trigger missional activities to improve situations calling for justice and mercy.At the individual level we smile beyond the struggle, and help where our world would otherwise hiss in selfishness and despair.Tenth in line of the Psalms of Ascent, this one holds high the perilous heritage of Israel. As a community of God we see all this suffering and evil in our midst - that it persists despite the dominion of the LORD - and we understand how the history of Israel can be likened as "one single passion narrative," reminiscent of Christ's last day.[1]Life in the church is like that. We can feel besieged. But the theological lesson of Jesus' Passion is that when all seemed lost, victory was snatched, no less redeemed, from the presence of utter defeat.Note that this redemptive pattern is repeated throughout the world, for instance, the ending of motion pictures. As a community of humanity we expect things to end well in justice.But there are many individuals - even entire communities-of-wicked-heart - set against justice. God will deal with them!WHERE IT WILL END The psalm is a clear call of confidence in the sufficient grace of God to mete out justice according to righteousness and that alone.When the cords of the wicked are cut off they experience something of being orphaned - much like going to prison would be like. But hell is one form of eternal prison that cannot be contemplated. If heaven is a place of consummate bliss in the worship of God, hell must be annihilation of being.

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