The Psalms’ Inherent Prayer

Sunday, May 15, 2022

The Reverend Dr. Katie Snipes Lancaster

Psalm 129
“They’ve kicked me around ever since I was young”
—this is how Israel tells it—
“They’ve kicked me around ever since I was young,
but they never could keep me down.
Their plowmen plowed long furrows
up and down my back;
But God wouldn’t put up with it,
the One who sticks with us.
Then God ripped the harnesses
of the evil plowmen to shreds.”

Oh, let all those who hate Zion
grovel in humiliation;
Let them be like grass in shallow ground
that withers before the harvest,
Before the farmhands can gather it in,
the harvesters get in the crop,
Before the neighbors have a chance to call out,
“Congratulations on your wonderful crop!
We bless you in God’s name!”

Praying the Psalms
Stick with us, God.
We have been down, plowed, harnessed.
The humiliation has brought us to our knees.
Stick with us, gather us in,
be the One to whom we can cry out.

May 15, 2022

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