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Psalm Xxvi: a Test of Method1

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Ps. xxvi is a lament, perhaps from a setting of accusation, and yet various persons could easily appropriate the prayer, persons who are part of a community of faith and who face a similar troubling circumstance. The text centers on the "I-Thou" relationship and on the protection Yahweh offers in the face of trouble. I draw the following theological conclusions: 1. In contrast to the death-giving company of evildoers, the I-Thou relationship between worshiper and Yahweh gives life. 2. This relationship has dimensions connected to the renewal found in the worshipping community and to the significant activity of social justice, "integrity" in Ps. xxvi. 3. An honest dialogue of faith nurtures the relationship between worshiper and Yahweh.


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