Daily Reading and Prayer: Tuesday, June 2

Psalm 109 is pretty tough going. It is the prayer of a person greatly wronged by others, who is appealing to the Lord for justice for himself, and for misery to befall his enemies. I’ll include the first five and last five verses for our daily reading; the middle 21 verses comprise a pretty thoroughgoing curse! Read them on your own if you dare! This Psalm is a reminder that it is OK to unburden ourselves to God in prayer, no matter our feelings. May none of us ever find ourselves in such a predicament!

Psalm 109:1-5, 26-31

My God, whom I praise,
do not remain silent,
for people who are wicked and deceitful
have opened their mouths against me;
they have spoken against me with lying tongues.
With words of hatred they surround me;
they attack me without cause.
In return for my friendship they accuse me,
but I am a man of prayer.
They repay me evil for good,
and hatred for my friendship.

Help me, Lord my God;
save me according to your unfailing love.
Let them know that it is your hand,
that you, Lord, have done it.
While they curse, may you bless;
may those who attack me be put to shame,
but may your servant rejoice.
May my accusers be clothed with disgrace
and wrapped in shame as in a cloak.
With my mouth I will greatly extol the Lord;
in the great throng of worshipers I will praise him.
For he stands at the right hand of the needy,
to save their lives from those who would condemn them.

Prayer

Grant us, Lord God, a vision of your world as your love would have it:
a world where the weak are protected, and none go hungry or poor;
a world where the riches of creation are shared, and everyone can enjoy them;
a world where different races and cultures live in harmony and mutual respect;
a world where peace is built with justice, and justice is guided by love.
Give us the inspiration and courage to build it, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

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