1. Answer me when I call to you, O my righteous God. Give me relief from my distress; be merciful to me and hear my prayer. 2. How long, O men, will you turn my glory into shame? How long will you love delusions and false gods? 3. Know that the Lord has set apart the body for himself; The Lord will hear when I call to him. 4. In your anger do not sin; when you are on your beds, search your hearts and be silent. 5. Offer right sacrifices and trust in the Lord.
Reflection by Darlene Wagner The psalmist’s question, “How long, O men, will you turn my glory into shame?”, could too easily summarize the corrupt and domineering history of Christianity. Despite our current enlightenment of easily accessible Biblical scholarship, a majority of Christians fall back on their false gods. Too many bow to the false gods of worldly prosperity, false gods of colonialism, false gods of white supremacy, and worst of all, the false gods surrounding the doctrine of eternal hellfire. It is reasonable to be angry in the midst of all this “idolatry-injustice”. Yet, we are called to not sin, regardless of the apparent righteousness of the causes we embrace. We are to search our hearts and be silent before our God of Heaven, offering true, sincere worship.
Dearest Loving Father, Unless your Shekina of protection shelters us, We wither beneath the sweltering heat. Let us rejoice in your unfaltering love! Let us give thanks in your provision! Through all our vast cosmos, There is none like you, O God!