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Further Thoughts: How shall we sing the Lord’s song?  0

(Further reflections on ‘How shall we sing the Lord’s song in a strange land?’)

 

 

And now let the weak say, “I am strong”,
Let the poor say, “I am rich”,
Because of what the Lord has done for us…

 

Abandoned Worship by Gwen Leharg CC BY-NC 2.5

We sang these words during a worship session at a retreat in Nepal. Nepal is one of the poorest countries in the world and most of us had been working there for a few years. The person leading the retreat had come into the country on a visit and was perhaps experiencing a bit of culture shock. His first words after the worship session were, “What do those words mean? How can you sing ‘Let the poor say I am rich’ when surrounded by such poverty?”

Someone with a different perspective effectively debunked our superficial spiritualising of sentiments expressed in the Psalms. With one comment he used the words of the text to undermine our casual acceptance of what we thought it meant. It was a particularly effective example of ‘deconstruction’, which is such a feature of postmodernism. Read more