Gay Christian Devotion

Psalm 58 (King James Version)

1Do ye indeed speak righteousness, O congregation? do ye judge uprightly, O ye sons of men?
2Yea, in heart ye work wickedness; ye weigh the violence of your hands in the earth.
3The wicked are estranged from the womb: they go astray as soon as they be born, speaking lies.
4Their poison is like the poison of a serpent: they are like the deaf adder that stoppeth her ear;
5Which will not hearken to the voice of charmers, charming never so wisely.
6Break their teeth, O God, in their mouth: break out the great teeth of the young lions, O LORD.
7Let them melt away as waters which run continually: when he bendeth his bow to shoot his arrows, let them be as cut in pieces.
8As a snail which melteth, let every one of them pass away: like the untimely birth of a woman, that they may not see the sun.
9Before your pots can feel the thorns, he shall take them away as with a whirlwind, both living, and in his wrath.
10The righteous shall rejoice when he seeth the vengeance: he shall wash his feet in the blood of the wicked.
11So that a man shall say, Verily there is a reward for the righteous: verily he is a God that judgeth in the earth.

Reflection

The psalmist asks God to break out the teeth of the young lions who seek to harm him. One gets the mental picture of a bunch of old lions, with their false teeth in a glass of Polident. They no longer look fierce. They have no power.

There are young lions in the Christian community. Instead of acting like the brothers and sisters in Christ that they are, they roar and use their teeth to devour the spiritual lives of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered Christians. When we walk close to God and rely on God's power and strength, we can see those lions for who they really are. They are not talking with the authority of God. They are roaring only from their own strength. The teeth they show when they snarl with anger are really false teeth, teeth that have no strength. A day is coming when the Lord will break out their teeth. And they will be rendered powerless. That day can be today for you. Make up your mind to stop listening to their hate and fear. Instead listen to the loving words of God, smell the heavenly meal God is preparing just for you, see God's love poured out at Calvary, feel the kiss of God on your cheek and the teeth of those young lions will disappear.