Daily Feast Reflection (Wednesday, 25 September)

Scripture: Psalm 91:1-6, 14-16

You who live in the shelter of the Most High,
    who abide in the shadow of the Almighty,
will say to the LORD, "My refuge and my fortress;
    my God, in whom I trust."
For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler
    and from the deadly pestilence;
he will cover you with his pinions,
    and under his wings you will find refuge;
        his faithfulness is a shield and buckler.
You will not fear the terror of the night,
    or the arrow that flies by day,
        or the pestilence that stalks in darkness,
            or the destruction that wastes at noonday.
Those who love me, I will deliver;
    I will protect those who know my name.
When they call to me, I will answer them;
    I will be with them in trouble,
I will rescue them and honor them.
With long life I will satisfy them,
    and show them my salvation.

Reflection: From the time of slavery to the present, African American Christian worship has witnessed to the reality of God's presence in the face of enslavement, humiliation, and violent subjugation perpetrated by their oppressors. Song lyrics like "Didn't My Lord deliver Daniel...why can't he deliver me?" affirm confidence in God's constant willingness to act on behalf of God's troubled children. Like the psalmist, these voices refuse to see physical or psychic pain and God's presence as mutually exclusive.

Response: Reflect on and participate in the actions of God on behalf of those God loves. Amen.

Prayer: God of my deliverance, I live in the shelter of your arms, and I abide in your presence. Amen