Deut 1-2; Eph 6; Psalm 118
Both our OT and NT readings have a common theme – that of remembering – coming to our senses.
In Deuteronomy, the context is the preparation to enter the Promised Land. To do this we must needs remember. It is in forgetting from whence we have come, what a great Salvation the Lord has worked for his people, that our faith goes to sleep. This if nothing else is why weekly Eucharistic worship is so central to the working out of our salvation. Week by week the people of god assemble to recall God’s mighty acts – to feats with Christ, and thus to go out into the world, fed with the bread of heaven, strong in the Lord and the strength of his power.
What is more, in this apparently ‘other worldly’ activity which we call worship – we remember that our struggle is not against flesh and blood, rather that we are caught up in something of Cosmic dimensions.
Worship which seeks to be relevant to ‘our everyday lives’ does us Grave disservice. It keeps us asleep. It is no act of remembering.