The psalm begins with the marching cry of Moses from Numbers 10:35. Military images abound, reminding us of the adage: “Is God on our side?” I prefer this alternative: “Am I on God’s side?”
For God sides with the rejected and forgotten expressed in the psalm by the fatherless and the widow. If you have compassion for these and others in our society, then the grace of the Lord will flow through you in a powerful way.
Paul quotes today’s verse in Ephesians 4:8 in the description of the Ascension of Jesus into heaven; you might turn to that chapter of Ephesians as a counterpoint to the psalm for today.
God is beyond us, yet within us, through the Holy Spirit whom we celebrate Sunday in Pentecost.
The Reading for Today
This is the Seventh Week in Easter, Year B
Wednesdays re dedicated to the Psalms,
One a week over the three-year cycle.