3. Have mercy on us, O Lord, have mercy on us, for we have endured much contempt. 4. We have endured much ridicule from the proud, much contempt from the arrogant.
Reflection by Darlene Wagner The first two verses of this Psalms illustrate the relationship between the Hebrew people and their God. While verse 1 places God at the very top of the hierarchy as king, in verse 2 the Hebrew people liken themselves to slaves. The reference to slavery in verse 2 is troubling because we live today in a society that still struggles to overcome the toxic aftereffects of slavery. In any case, verses 3 and 4 show the Hebrew peoples hope in overthrowing the system of world hierarchy. With God remaining king, the mortal human rulers who puff themselves up in arrogance will be cast down.
Divine, life-giving Father guide us! Guide us as we seek equality. Empower us to do the work of justice. Cast us down when we exalt ourselves above our fellow human beings! Thank you Great Father for your counsel.