Wednesday, March 19, 2008

CQOD: 03/20/08 -- Cogdell: under the surface

Christian Quotation of the Day

March 20, 2008
Maundy Thursday
Feast of Cuthbert, Bishop of Lindisfarne, Missionary, 687
    Save me, O God,
        for the waters have come up to my neck.
    I sink in the miry depths,
        where there is no foothold.
    I have come into the deep waters;
        the floods engulf me.
    I am worn out calling for help;
        my throat is parched.
    My eyes fail,
        looking for my God.
    Those who hate me without reason
        outnumber the hairs of my head;
    many are my enemies without cause,
        those who seek to destroy me.
    I am forced to restore
        what I did not steal.
        -- Psalm 69:1-4 (NIV)

    We usually think of Jesus in the upper room as calmly and patiently preparing his disciples for their coming crisis; only in the garden are we shown his deep anguish over what lies ahead for himself. But if this verse (“They hated me without a cause.” Ps. 69:4) occurred to Jesus as describing his enemies, surely he was also identifying with the rest of [Psalm 69] with its vivid description of overwhelming troubles and importune cries to God for deliverance. What in the upper room was still under the surface was openly expressed in the garden.
    ... John R. Cogdell, “The humanity of Jesus Christ, as revealed in certain Psalms”

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