Sunday, April 17, 2022

The Reverend Dr. Katie Snipes Lancaster

Psalm 101
My theme song is God’s love and justice,
and I’m singing it right to you, God.
I’m finding my way down the road of right living,
but how long before you show up?
I’m doing the very best I can,
and I’m doing it at home, where it counts.
I refuse to take a second look
at corrupting people and degrading things.
I reject made-in-Canaan gods,
stay clear of contamination.
The crooked in heart keep their distance;
I refuse to shake hands with those who plan evil.
I put a gag on the gossip
who bad-mouths his neighbor;
I can’t stand
But I have my eye on salt-of-the-earth people—
they’re the ones I want working with me;
Men and women on the straight and narrow—
these are the ones I want at my side.
But no one who traffics in lies
gets a job with me; I have no patience with liars.
I’ve rounded up all the wicked like cattle
and herded them right out of the country.
I purged God’s city
of all who make a business of evil.

Praying the Psalm
Praying the Psalm
As I hum your song of love and justice,
show up alongside me.
Place salt-of-the-earth people in my life,
ones who stay by my side
and with me reject corruption, gossip and arrogance.
Show up among us,
and hear this song I’m singing,
a melody priming with your love and justice.