Take some time out and listen to this fantastic sermon by Charlie Cleverly of St Aldates, preached last Sunday. Press the play button after reading the Psalm.
1 Hear the word of the LORD, O children of Israel,
for the LORD has a controversy with the inhabitants of the land.
There is no faithfulness or steadfast love,
and no knowledge of God in the land;
2 there is swearing, lying, murder, stealing, and committing adultery;
they break all bounds, and bloodshed follows bloodshed.
3 Therefore the land mourns,
and all who dwell in it languish,
†and also the beasts of the field
and the birds of the heavens,
† and even the fish of the sea are taken away.
4 Yet let no one contend,
and let none accuse,
for with you is my contention, O priest.
5 You shall stumble by day;
the prophet also shall stumble with you by night;
and I will destroy your mother.
6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge;
† because you have rejected knowledge,
I reject you from being a priest to me.
And since you have forgotten the law of your God,
† I also will forget your children.
7 The more they increased,
the more they sinned against me;
† I will change their glory into shame.
8 They feed on the sin[b] of my people;
they are greedy for their iniquity.
9 And it shall be like people, like priest;
I will punish them for their ways
and repay them for their deeds.