Psalm 83 speaks to our faith journey from within this matrix of enemies and calls for us to trust in divine deliverance. Its opening invocation sets the stage, … Facing enemies is hard enough—facing enemies with a silent God is unbearable. The plea of verse 1 captures the blend of thoughts, feelings, and premonitions we experience when we are fighting for our lives. …As long as the scourges of police violence, community violence,and intimate partner violence are injuring our people,we must urge God to speak through sermons, through prayer, through laws and regulations, and through cultural consensus that prioritizes nonviolence and peace.
—Gabby Cudjoe-Wilkes and Andrew Wilkes, Psalms for Black Lives: Reflections for the Work of Liberation (Upper Room Books, 2022)
When have you seen evidence of God’s deliverance from enemies? Join the conversation.
Deliver me from my enemies, O my God;
protect me from those who rise up against me.
—Psalm 59:1 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
Gracious God of Liberation, free us
from our enemies. And when we are the enemies, transform
us from oppressing others into removing the yoke from their
necks and practicing freedom. In Christ’s name, Amen.
—Prayer from Psalms for Black Lives by Gabby Cudjoe-Wilkes and Andrew Wilkes.
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(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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