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Daily Devotions from Fourth Presbyterian Church

Friday, July 15, 2022  

Today’s Scripture Reading  |  Psalm 52

Why do you boast, O mighty one,
    of mischief done against the godly?
All day long you are plotting destruction.
Your tongue is like a sharp razor,
    you worker of treachery.
You love evil more than good
    and lying more than speaking the truth. Selah
You love all words that devour,
    O deceitful tongue.

But God will break you down forever;
    he will snatch and tear you from your tent;
    he will uproot you from the land of the living. Selah
The righteous will see and fear
    and will laugh at the evildoer, saying,
“See the one who would not take
    refuge in God
but trusted in abundant riches
    and sought refuge in wealth!”

But I am like a green olive tree
    in the house of God.
I trust in the steadfast love of God
    forever and ever.
I will thank you forever
    because of what you have done.
In the presence of the faithful
    I will proclaim your name, for it is good. (NRSV)

The evil speakers have multiplied from one Doeg the Edomite to present-day speakers on our television screens, podcasts, the dark web, and other places they choose to spew their venom.

Their need to boast and spread their evil lies is done for self-adornment, adulation, power, and money.

Facing the truth for these present-day Doegs would mean having to accept the possibility of being small-minded, insecure, cowardly, uncomfortable, less popular, less powerful, less rich, less adored, insignificant, less attractive, less admired, and less loved. Their alternative world spewing the small lies and supporting big lies has more self-serving benefits. And the Doegs continue to live amongst us.

My favorite movie line is spoken by Jack Nicholson, playing Colonel Nathan R. Jessup in the 1992 movie based on a true story, A Few Good Men: “You can’t handle the truth!” Doegs can’t handle the truth. What do you think we should do?

Saul calls Doeg out. And that’s what we must do when faced with the Doegs of the world. Call them out with every strength in our souls, with every bit of love that God has given us. And with the love that God grants us in grace.

As God's children, we must trust in God’s unfailing love for all.

God, I am truly tired of being on defense. But I know there is no time to worry about the obstacles of my journey to fight the struggles and racism, gun violence, gender inequalities, and the right to govern my body and live in a safe environment. God give me the strength! Amen.

Written by Beverly Washington, Member of Fourth Presbyterian Church

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