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Psalm 82, Did I Stutter?

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How long will you judge unjustly and show partiality to the wicked? Give justice to the weak and the orphan; maintain the right of the lowly and the destitute. Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.
— Psalm 82:2-4

RCL Daily Devotion for Friday, July 12, 2019

RCL Daily Devotions written by R. Fergus Moir from RCL Worship Resources (see more).

“How many times do I have to tell you?” yelled every Mom ever. I don’t know about you, but as a kid, most of what my folks told me to do went in one ear and out the other. I wasn’t necessarily a bad kid, but no matter how many times I was told to clean up after myself…well…I just didn’t.

In the Bible, God tells us more than 2,000 times that we are supposed to seek justice for those who are poor and oppressed. Yet we, as a people, can’t seem to remember that this is central to our call. In Psalm 82, I can almost see God losing it the way my mom used to when, once again, God has to remind the people of their purpose. I can hear Israel starting to argue and God booming out, “Did I stutter?!?”

Unlike with my mom getting mad about the dirty dishes on the counter, this isn’t about individual actions—or lack of action. This is about societal acts of justice for all of God’s beloved children. God will keep reminding us of this until we do what we are supposed to do.

God, show me the way to work for justice for all the earth. Amen.


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