Worthless

Strange title for a Psalm, but there it is. It’s from Psalm 12:8 ‘The wicked prowl on every side, and that which is worthless is highly prized by everyone.’

We all have baubles, bangles and beads, in the song known to many of us. Stuff which is not worth anything, but we hold onto it dearly. But more than that, it seems our world is fascinated by anything that seemingly has no value, and that which has great value, despised. People are murdered for not wearing a mask, or shot down for the color of their skin, being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Devalued life, valued junk.

The Psalmist had it right, even hundreds of years ago, and things have not changed. Perhaps this is the time for all of us to reevaluate our lives to that which is truly priceless, beyond value. Each other, families, protecting the innocent, rooting out violence. Many of us say we are only one voice, but one voice can be the voice of change that carries into the next day, the next week, the future.

I end with the verse earlier in the Psalm, verse7: “Because the needy are oppressed, and the poor cry out in misery, I will rise up,” says the Lord, “and give them the help they long for.” May we be God’s helpers for the oppressed.

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