Gay Christian Devotion

Psalm 145 (King James Version)

1I will extol thee, my God, O king; and I will bless thy name for ever and ever.
2Every day will I bless thee; and I will praise thy name for ever and ever.
3Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; and his greatness is unsearchable.
4One generation shall praise thy works to another, and shall declare thy mighty acts.
5I will speak of the glorious honour of thy majesty, and of thy wondrous works.
6And men shall speak of the might of thy terrible acts: and I will declare thy greatness.
7They shall abundantly utter the memory of thy great goodness, and shall sing of thy righteousness.
8The LORD is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy.
9The LORD is good to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works.
10All thy works shall praise thee, O LORD; and thy saints shall bless thee.
11They shall speak of the glory of thy kingdom, and talk of thy power;
12To make known to the sons of men his mighty acts, and the glorious majesty of his kingdom.
13Thy kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and thy dominion endureth throughout all generations.
14The LORD upholdeth all that fall, and raiseth up all those that be bowed down.
15The eyes of all wait upon thee; and thou givest them their meat in due season.
16Thou openest thine hand, and satisfiest the desire of every living thing.
17The LORD is righteous in all his ways, and holy in all his works.
18The LORD is nigh unto all them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth.
19He will fulfil the desire of them that fear him: he also will hear their cry, and will save them.
20The LORD preserveth all them that love him: but all the wicked will he destroy.
21My mouth shall speak the praise of the LORD: and let all flesh bless his holy name for ever and ever.

Reflection

Verse 14. The Lord helps those who fall, helps those who feel totally crushed by the load of life's events. When you are crushed and have fallen from the heavy load of self-hate, God is there to pick you up, to help you stand.

The burden the world gives gay and lesbian people is very heavy. That is not a God-given burden. God does not want gay and bisexual people to carry a heavy load. Jesus' words ring down through the centuries to gay and bisexual people who are hurting. Come to me all who are tired from carrying heavy burdens. I will give you rest, because my yoke is easy (Matthew 11:28-30). Jesus longs to take away the load and carry the self-hate for you. God has done that for many of the Lord's queer children and is working to do that for you right now, as you read this devotion.