Gay Christian Devotion

Psalm 83 (King James Version)

1Keep not thou silence, O God: hold not thy peace, and be not still, O God.
2For, lo, thine enemies make a tumult: and they that hate thee have lifted up the head.
3They have taken crafty counsel against thy people, and consulted against thy hidden ones.
4They have said, Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation; that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance.
5For they have consulted together with one consent: they are confederate against thee:
6The tabernacles of Edom, and the Ishmaelites; of Moab, and the Hagarenes;
7Gebal, and Ammon, and Amalek; the Philistines with the inhabitants of Tyre;
8Assur also is joined with them: they have holpen the children of Lot. Selah.
9Do unto them as unto the Midianites; as to Sisera, as to Jabin, at the brook of Kison:
10Which perished at Endor: they became as dung for the earth.
11Make their nobles like Oreb, and like Zeeb: yea, all their princes as Zebah, and as Zalmunna:
12Who said, Let us take to ourselves the houses of God in possession.
13O my God, make them like a wheel; as the stubble before the wind.
14As the fire burneth a wood, and as the flame setteth the mountains on fire;
15So persecute them with thy tempest, and make them afraid with thy storm.
16Fill their faces with shame; that they may seek thy name, O LORD.
17Let them be confounded and troubled for ever; yea, let them be put to shame, and perish:
18That men may know that thou, whose name alone is JEHOVAH, art the most high over all the earth.

Reflection

The HarperCollins Study Bible describes this psalm as a "prayer of the community for God's help against enemies." God's people have gone through periods of time when they were persecuted, when community prayers for protection were very intense. The reality of persecution did not mean the children of Israel were not chosen by God and were not God's people.

Gay people have gone through many attacks. At times, those attacks have been physical and dangerous attacks. At other times, the attacks have been spiritual or emotional in nature. The existence of persecution does not invalidate God's call. God has called gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered people to be His children. No amount of persecution will change that fact or will revoke the calling.