Gay Christian Devotion

Psalm 56 (King James Version)

1Be merciful unto me, O God: for man would swallow me up; he fighting daily oppresseth me.
2Mine enemies would daily swallow me up: for they be many that fight against me, O thou most High.
3What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee.
4In God I will praise his word, in God I have put my trust; I will not fear what flesh can do unto me.
5Every day they wrest my words: all their thoughts are against me for evil.
6They gather themselves together, they hide themselves, they mark my steps, when they wait for my soul.
7Shall they escape by iniquity? in thine anger cast down the people, O God.
8Thou tellest my wanderings: put thou my tears into thy bottle: are they not in thy book?
9When I cry unto thee, then shall mine enemies turn back: this I know; for God is for me.
10In God will I praise his word: in the LORD will I praise his word.
11In God have I put my trust: I will not be afraid what man can do unto me.
12Thy vows are upon me, O God: I will render praises unto thee.
13For thou hast delivered my soul from death: wilt not thou deliver my feet from falling, that I may walk before God in the light of the living?

Reflection

What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee. What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee. Reverend Troy Perry, wrote a book about his life and the creation of the queer church denomination, the Metropolitan Community Churches. The title of his book, Don't Be Afraid Anymore. Gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered Christians do not have to live their lives in terror, in the fear of being "found out," in terror of an angry God who hates queer people. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life (John 3:16). Those church denominations and Christian organizations that attempt to deny God's love for gay people are operating in the flesh, not the Spirit. In God I will praise his word, in God I have put my trust; I will not fear what flesh can do unto me.