Pentecost +6 – Year A
Psalm 86:1-10, 16-17
This psalm was probably selected with an eye to Hagar, extending her complaint in the wilderness.
There is a sense of this Psalm being more about shaming than survival. The reason I desire to be rescued is to put it to those who put me in harm's way.
All the buttering up of God is to get what I want – revenge.
Although difficult it is probably worth the exercise to listen to our actual language and our intentions for same. The seeds of hypocrisy are sown in this divide within ourselves of flowery language for base motives. Usually this is very difficult work for someone to do alone. Therefore the importance of a community of honest friends who will reflect to us our internal disconnect.
How goes it with those you are listening to? How goes it with those who are listening to you?