Psalm 51 and a Half

For all who are lying. A psalm of David, adapted by Erin.
When the 2020 election did not go as it should have

Photo by Clay Banks on Unsplash

Have mercy on us, O God,
according to your unfailing love;
according to your great compassion
blot out our transgressions.
Wash away all our iniquity
and cleanse us from our sin.

For we know our transgressions,
and our sin is always before us.
Against you, you only, have we sinned
and done what is evil in your sight;
For you are Black Lives
You are COVID-19 patients
You are children in cages
so you are right in your verdict
and justified when you judge.
Surely we were sinful at birth,
sinful from the time our mothers conceived us.
Yet you desired faithfulness even in the womb;
you taught us wisdom in that secret place.

Cleanse us with hyssop, and we will be clean;
wash us, and we will be whiter than snow.
Let us hear joy and gladness;
let the bones you have crushed rejoice.
Hide your face from our sins
and blot out all our iniquity.

Create in us a pure heart, O God,
and renew a steadfast spirit within us.
Do not cast us from your presence
or take your Holy Spirit from us.
Restore to us the joy of your salvation
and grant us a willing spirit, to sustain us.

Then we will teach colonizers your ways,
so that sinners will turn back to you.
Help us remember the guilt of bloodshed, O God,
you who are God our Savior,
and our tongue will sing of your righteousness
and our souls beg for forgiveness.
Open our lips, Lord,
and our mouth will declare your praise.
You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it;
you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings.
Our sacrifice, O God, is[b] a broken spirit;
a broken and contrite heart
you, God, will not despise.

May it please you to prosper Grand Rapids,
to break down the walls of the United States.
Then you will delight in the sacrifices of the righteous,
which really aren’t sacrifices at all.

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