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Luther's Preface to The Psalter
Links speech and identity
Significance of speech also found in Genesis
God speaking the world into existence
Standing naked before the divine
Psalms as applicable to more than just the saints
Universal experiences that we all have
An outpouring in the face of suffering
In need on immediate help
Save my life
I can't worship you if I'm dead
Movement from past tense to future
Move from lamentation to hopefulness
Response to suffering
Trust and Faith
Where the hell are you God?
Shift in the framing of justice
God isn't here/ isn't doing anything/intervening - Why?
God is going to come down on the wicked
The wicked are hunting down the poor
Jesus quotes on the cross
We have this relationship that YOU are forsaking
Trust is not blind or without condition or irrational
It is based on the relationship that has been built over time
Call and Response
Ritualized practice to deal with suffering even without answers
Community ritual and understanding of suffering
Not an individual outpouring, but a communal one
O Silent God - Where ya at?
No answer to "how long" and "where are you"
Trust as something that moves through times/events
Trust even if things are as they are
Is this thy justice O God?
The innocent cruicified
Contextualizing as Jesus
Death of these men as martyrdom
God are you dead?
No, just far away
Calling out society
"Who made these devils?"
"Who ravished and debauched their mothers?"
White slaveholder rape
Searching for hope as a community
"Surely thou too are not white, Lord"