A Psalm for the Oppressed

Inspired by #vaginagate and #vaginablog, I have something for you.

Monday is my day to exegete the lectionary for the following Sunday, and I do that not only for myself, but for all of the subscribers to The Monday Morning Exegete – preachers and laypeople interested in engaging in the Christian holy book in a deeper and unabashedly liberal fashion.  One of the bits of scripture slated for next Sunday is the following psalm, which when I read it, seemed entirely appropriate.

Psalm 9:9-20 Page 593, BCP

Confitebor tibi

9   The LORD will be a refuge for the oppressed, *a refuge in time of trouble.
10  Those who know your Name will put their trust in you, *for you never forsake those who seek you, O LORD.
11  Sing praise to the LORD who dwells in Zion; *proclaim to the peoples the things he has done.
12  The Avenger of blood will remember them; *he will not forget the cry of the afflicted.
13  Have pity on me, O LORD; *see the misery I suffer from those who hate me,O you who lift me up from the gate of death;
14  So that I may tell of all your praisesand rejoice in your salvation *in the gates of the city of Zion.
15  The ungodly have fallen into the pit they dug, *and in the snare they set is their own foot caught.
16  The LORD is known by his acts of justice; *the wicked are trapped in the works of their own hands. 
17  The wicked shall be given over to the grave, *and also all the peoples that forget God.
18  For the needy shall not always be forgotten, *and the hope of the poor shall not perish for ever.
19  Rise up, O LORD, let not the ungodly have the upper hand; *let them be judged before you.
20  Put fear upon them, O LORD; *let the ungodly know they are but mortal.
The Reverend Sare Gordy signing out, proving that liberal Christians can quote the Bible, too.


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