A Psalm of David.
1 To You I will cry, O LORD my Rock: do not be silent to me, lest, if You are silent to me, I become like those who go down to the pit.
2 Hear the voice of my supplications when I cry to You, when I lift up my hands toward Your holy sanctuary.
3 Do not take me away with the wicked and with the workers of iniquity, who speak peace to their neighbors, but evil is in their hearts.
4 Give them according to their deeds, and according to the wickedness of their endeavors; give them according to the work of their hands; render to them what they deserve.
5 Because they do not regard the works of the LORD, nor the operation of His hands, He shall destroy them and not build them up.
6 Blessed be the LORD, because He has heard the voice of my supplications!
7 The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in Him, and I am helped; therefore my heart greatly rejoices, and with my song I will praise Him.
8 The LORD is their strength, And He is the saving refuge of His anointed.
9 Save Your people, and bless Your inheritance; shepherd them also, and bear them up forever.
Every time I read through this to see what jumps out at me to write about, as soon as I get to the last verse and read “Save Your people” the song from the musical Godspell starts playing in my mind. “When will Thou save the people? Oh God of mercy when? The people, Lord, the people, not thrones and crowns, but men.” Let this be our prayer every day. Rather than praying for sinners to get what they deserve, we should pray for God to save them and redeem their way. Remember that the only difference between you and the worst person you know is not that you are forgiven, but that you have accepted the forgiveness that has been paid for and offered to you both.
Let everyone who has been created in God’s image and given an eternal soul find their way to the salvation of that soul that is offered through faith in Jesus Christ. Amen.