1. Praise awaits you, O God, in Zion; to you our vows will be fulfilled. 2. O you who hear prayer, to you all men will come. 3. When we were overwhelmed by sins, you forgave our transgressions. 4. Blessed are those you choose and bring near to live in your courts! We are filled with the good things of your house, of your holy temple.
Reflection by Darlene Wagner
In this psalm, the Hebrew people seek their God’s forgiveness. They do not merely seek redemption as an end in itself, but as a means to draw near to their God. True happiness is life spent in closeness to the Divine. In verse 4, it seems only special individuals chosen by God have the opportunity live in such nearness. Yet, scriptures are filled with stories and predictions of ever-more-diverse peoples being included among the chosen people. In the words of the prophet Hosea: “I will say to those called ‘Not my people’—‘You are my people’” (Hosea 2:23b). In promises such as these, people traditionally rejected from the holy temple can receive comfort and contentment.
Great, Glorious Spirit — As you now make transgender people your own, All others will find comfort in your gentle arms. As souls lost in addiction, suicide, or crime will be restored, All others likewise know the healing of your hands.