Gay Christian Devotion

Psalm 60 (King James Version)

1O God, thou hast cast us off, thou hast scattered us, thou hast been displeased; O turn thyself to us again.
2Thou hast made the earth to tremble; thou hast broken it: heal the breaches thereof; for it shaketh.
3Thou hast shewed thy people hard things: thou hast made us to drink the wine of astonishment.
4Thou hast given a banner to them that fear thee, that it may be displayed because of the truth. Selah.
5That thy beloved may be delivered; save with thy right hand, and hear me.
6God hath spoken in his holiness; I will rejoice, I will divide Shechem, and mete out the valley of Succoth.
7Gilead is mine, and Manasseh is mine; Ephraim also is the strength of mine head; Judah is my lawgiver;
8Moab is my washpot; over Edom will I cast out my shoe: Philistia, triumph thou because of me.
9Who will bring me into the strong city? who will lead me into Edom?
10Wilt not thou, O God, which hadst cast us off? and thou, O God, which didst not go out with our armies?
11Give us help from trouble: for vain is the help of man.
12Through God we shall do valiantly: for he it is that shall tread down our enemies.

Reflection

The commentator Albert Barnes paints a vivid picture of the Hebrew in Psalms chapter 60. In Hebrew, one can get the sense of God casting off the children of Israel as if they were rancid and offensive. Barnes comments that they felt God treated them as though they loathsome. Due to their wounds, the people stagger.

Verse four talks about those who love the Lord being given a banner or a flag. Gay people have the rainbow flag. Some of the colors in the gay flag are found in a symbol of God's eternal love and protection for humanity, the rainbow. As a queer Christian, you are assured of God's love. The flag of victory is over you.