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April 22, 2007


R. Elena Tabachnick

Well, it is pretty typical for the psalmists to rant at God... Sentiments are common like: where are you, have you gone deaf or are you asleep, you're messing up big time with us, what's going on, why don't you get your act together and stop dumping on us. Most psalms come back to praise, thanks or the psalmist reaffirming faith, but check out psalm 88!

I had this insight on the phrase "deep calls to deep":

"In biblical cosmology, the land is a crust floating on the waters of earth and the sky is a membrane holding the waters of heaven. During lectio on psalm 42, I heard "the deeps of earth call to the deeps of heaven." Or the core substance and being of earth resonates in oneness with the core substance and being of heaven. A call and response chant plays continually between the divine embodied in earthy existence and the divine beyond earthly existence."

Check out my blog spiritread@blogspot.com/2006/11/psalm-42-deep-calls-to-deep.html - and for a new psalm I wrote inspired by 42 @ /2006/10/new-psalm-psalm-4-remember-god.html

Cheers, Elena

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