The Upright in Heart

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Psalm 64:1-10

1 Listen to me when I complain, God! Protect my life from the enemy’s terror! Hide me from the secret plots of wicked people; hide me from the schemes of evildoers  who sharpen their tongues like swords. They aim their arrow—a cruel word— from their hiding places so as to shoot an innocent person. They shoot without warning and without fear. They encourage themselves with evil words. They plan on laying traps in secret.  “Who will be able to see them?” they ask.   “Let someone try to expose our crimes! We’ve devised a perfect plot!  It’s deep within the human mind and heart.” But God will shoot them with an arrow! Without warning, they will be wounded. The Lord will make them trip over their own tongues; everyone who sees them will just shake their heads. Then all people will honor God, will announce the act of God, will understand it was God’s work. 10 Let the righteous rejoice in the Lord; let them take refuge in him; let everyone whose heart is in the right place give praise!

[Scripture taken from the Common English Bible®, CEB® Copyright © 2010, 2011 by Common English Bible.Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.]

Musing with Psalm 64:1-10

How easy it seems to the good man or woman to ask God to preserve them from evil, from “the secret plots of the wicked.” Those perceived as evildoers become easy to describe — after all, “they” are after “me/us.” Their purposes are underhanded; they snipe at us from ambush, afraid to show themselves in the light of day. Of course, in truth, this is the issue that we need to deal with — internally, not externally. When we become fixated on the evil “out there” we are likely directing attention away from the dark side within. “The secret plots of the wicked” can be an apt description of the wicked, divisive, dual split within ourselves. To become ‘upright in heart’ necessitates finding wholeness and integration within As long as we keep focused on evil out there, we will have difficulty moving toward wholeness within. If we don’t move toward acknowledging and integrating our dark side (shadow), then salvation slips from our grasp.

God will shoot them with an arrow!” is not about a strong physical interference that will stop the “evil” person in his/her tracks. Instead it refers to a weak inner insistence that may or may not be heard (that is the wound). Those hearing / feeling this nudge or invitation are challenged to work actualizing justice. You and I take refuge in the Lord as we act to materialize the well-being of all in society – that is, as we act with a humble spirit to develop and support compassionate justice in society.

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