Christoph Keller, III
July 13, 2014
A sower went out to sow, and his seed fell upon a summer, Sunday morning assembly Little Rock, Arkansas, gathered from our different homes and histories, our distinctive loves, concerns and possibilities.
Allowing for a little artistic license, this is also how I hear this morning’s Psalm, the eight verses from Psalm 119. Imagine a summer morning in the ancient Temple, hundreds of years before Christ. A small troop of eight early-risers files in, all bringing their histories, loves, concerns, and possibilities to God. Taking turns, they are going to approach the altar one by one.
Each verse of Psalm 119 will be a different person’s prayer.
The prayers are all alike in two respects—one explicit, one implied. Explicitly, these eight men and women all believe in the moral quality of human life, that there are things we ought to do as human beings, and others we should not. This, they learned from the law and the prophets. Implicitly, they believe in human freedom. You come to a fork in the road. Will you veer left or right? Freedom is the power to choose. Read more…