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Solid Ground: A Message to Connect - May 26

Greetings to you!

David’s Reflections on Psalms 26

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Photo by David Robertson: Petra, Jordan.


My foot stands on level ground;
in the great congregation I will bless the LORD (vs.12)

There are moments in our lives when we are lied to, gaslighted, or manipulated in some way. When this happens, we are left feeling discombobulated—even questioning our own integrity. If you’re like me, we exit these conversations or situations believing that we are guilty, feeling that maybe we’ve done nothing wrong. It’s a crazy-making feeling—how is it that we can be made to feel guilty or responsible even when we’re not.


For me, the operative word in Psalm 26, is integrity. “Vindicate me, O LORD, for I have walked in my integrity…” (vs. 1a) This Psalm serves to support us when we have been falsely blamed or caught in someone else’s machinations. We will encounter people in our lives who will feed off our good intentions. They will mix up truth, they will discard us when we no longer serve as their emotional supply, they will chip away at our character and do their best to erode our goodwill. Psalm 26 reminds us that our vindication and our integrity rests with the presence of God—the One who knows our mind and our heart.


We can wash our hands in innocence at the bathroom sink, and while an altar may be unavailable, maybe we will go around our kitchen table singing aloud a song of thanksgiving (vs.6-7b)! The joy of praying for God to grant our vindication is what serves to help us stand strong against those who harm us and to stay grounded in our integrity with our feet on level ground. We won’t be swept away by those who try to ensnare us with their bribery and deceit. We keep ourselves steady on level ground!


And really, aren’t these super images to help us through these unsteady times? We sing praise to God around the kitchen table! We keep our feet on steady ground. And… we pray for God’s vindication—the holy support we need to keep our walk of integrity, faithful and true, especially as we strive to keep ourselves safe and be mindful of the needs of others.


With love and blessings,

Rev. Susan & Rev. David

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