Moses by John August Swanson. Image from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, Tenn. Original source © 1983 by John August Swanson.
Like us on Facebook
Follow us on Twitter
Subscribe to us on YouTube
Subscribe to us on iTunes
Subscribe to our RSS Feed
Receive our Email Newsletter
Visit us at Luther Seminary
The Working Preacher app provides inspiration, interpretation, and imagination wherever you are, whenever you need it.
Preaching Series on Psalms
Psalm 40:1-10 Commentary
by Rolf Jacobson
[This is Week 4 of a 4-week preaching series on Psalms.]
Preaching text: Psalm 40:1-10; accompanying text: Luke 17:11-19
Reorientation, Part 2: A New Song
The most famous version of Psalm 40 is by the rock band U2. For many years they ended most concerts singing, “I will sing, sing a new song.”
The “new song” (Hebrew: shir chadash) is most likely a technical Hebrew term for what psalms scholars usually describe as the “song of thanksgiving” -- a song that is sung after the psalmist has been delivered by the Lord from the jaws of some crisis.
Brueggemann calls these poems "psalms of reorientation (or new orientation)." These psalms "bear witness to the surprising gift of new life just when none had been expected.”4 They recognize that the ship has sailed through the storm and a new shore has been reached. But having sailed through the flood and the hurricane, there is no going back to a naive harbor childlike “orientation." These psalms speak for those ...
| Bible Text
Summer Readings (2019)
2019-20 Worship resources
The narrative lectionary is a four-year cycle of readings. Read more.
NL182: Preaching Series on Psalms
July 07, 2019
Rebroadcast of 2015 Narrative Lectionary podcast for a 6-week preaching series on Psalms. Note that the 2019 version of this preaching series omits Psalm 1 and Psalm 146.