Gay Christian Devotion
Psalm 143 (King James Version)
1Hear my prayer, O LORD, give ear to my supplications: in thy faithfulness answer me, and in thy righteousness.
2And enter not into judgment with thy servant: for in thy sight shall no man living be justified.
3For the enemy hath persecuted my soul; he hath smitten my life down to the ground; he hath made me to dwell in darkness, as those that have been long dead.
4Therefore is my spirit overwhelmed within me; my heart within me is desolate.
5I remember the days of old; I meditate on all thy works; I muse on the work of thy hands.
6I stretch forth my hands unto thee: my soul thirsteth after thee, as a thirsty land. Selah.
7Hear me speedily, O LORD: my spirit faileth: hide not thy face from me, lest I be like unto them that go down into the pit.
8Cause me to hear thy lovingkindness in the morning; for in thee do I trust: cause me to know the way wherein I should walk; for I lift up my soul unto thee.
9Deliver me, O LORD, from mine enemies: I flee unto thee to hide me.
10Teach me to do thy will; for thou art my God: thy spirit is good; lead me into the land of uprightness.
11Quicken me, O LORD, for thy name's sake: for thy righteousness' sake bring my soul out of trouble.
12And of thy mercy cut off mine enemies, and destroy all them that afflict my soul: for I am thy servant.
The New Living Translation has the psalmist asking God not to face a trial. The psalmist feels knocked down and paralyzed with fear. And the psalmist pleads for God's protection.
The psalm brings to mind the brave pastors and priests who have faced heresy trials or discipline for blessing gay unions, for performing same-sex marriages, or for openly supporting the queer community. The psalm also calls to memory the brave lay and ordained church leaders who stood with the gay community.
Even when it feels like you are down for the count, that you've lost the battle and you are paralyzed with fear, God can be trusted. The Lord can be trusted. You are not alone. The hosts of heaven are with you.