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Many times the sinner and tax collector of last Sunday’s Gospel felt as David in this psalm. The ones persecuting David were not foreigners, but his own people. In Jesus’ time, it was the highest level of God’s chosen people, the Scribes and Pharisees, who made themselves the enemies of Jesus.
Here in the center of the week, hinged between the two Testaments, find the eye of the hurricane of accusers that may be spiraling about your own life. Perhaps your own family or church members are the ones hostile to you.
Descend into your feelings until you are at the quiet place beyond the noise of accusers. Trust God. Share the anguish and pain that burns within you. Your pain can become a purifying prayer, just as the one that concludes this psalm.
Lord, rescue me from evil. v. 1
Keep me, Lord, from violence. v. 4
O Lord, I cry for mercy. v. 6
Do not let their schemes succeed. v. 8
This is the third of thirteen weeks in Kingdomtide,, Year C.
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