Today's Lectionary Text
Vindicate me, O Lord,
I do not sit with the worthless,
I wash my hands in innocence,
O Lord, I love the house in which you dwell,
But as for me, I walk in my integrity;
“Vindicate me, Lord, for I have led a blameless life …”
I am thankful that God does not require each of us to have led a blameless life. I know there have been times when I have acted in a spirit of anger, envy or even spite instead of a spirit of goodwill and love. There have been times when I tried to rely on solely on myself instead of on God’s faithfulness. I have lied (or not shared the complete truth) or been hypocritical. I have definitely been less than perfect in living my life and my faith, yet I consider myself to have been a committed and faithful Christian for most of my life.
I am thankful that God, through Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit, provides guidance and encouragement as I go on to perfection in love. I give thanks for the days when perfection in love seems more attainable – when God seems closer and living my faith is easier. I also give thanks for God’s continued presence, grace and love particularly on the days when perfection in love seems less attainable, the days I’m tired and grumpy and disillusioned by the world.
Perhaps some identify more strongly with this psalmist and consider themselves to be mostly (or entirely) blameless. Perhaps other identify more with the deceitful, the hypocrites, the evildoers and the wicked named in the psalm. The overall good news for me is that God’s love is for each of us – those closer to perfection in love and those further away.
-- Rev. Karen Jeffcoat
Board of Ordained Ministry Registrar
Originally published Oct. 5, 2018
Prayer for Reflection
I will praise you, O God, for you are with me in all of my days. Your love includes even me and holds me fast. Amen.
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