If, like me, you’ve had the opportunity to visit Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, you will no doubt have visited Old Faithful, the hot water geyser, which erupts on average every 90 minutes. Water seeps below the earth’s crust and is heated by the molten rock below. As the water temperature rises, so does the pressure, pushing the water against the underside of the crust. Eventually, the pressure becomes so great that water and steam power through the crevice in the earth, and shoot high into the air in a spectacular display.
Today’s psalm suggests this kind of release, as the psalmist says he can’t restrain himself from announcing the justice of the Lord. He had to stand up in the “great assembly” and proclaim the truth of God’s redemption and his offer of restoration.
I wonder how many people today will remember that this is the day in 1973 that the United States Supreme Court paved the way for legalized abortion: the infamous Roe versus Wade decision. Today people will commemorate that dreadful decision by holding prayer vigils and staging peaceful demonstrations. Through these actions, they are releasing some of the pressure of sadness and frustration that has built up over the sin of abortion.
We are all aware of the way human life has been disregarded and abused. And it’s not just through abortion. Euthanasia lets people dispose of those considered a burden on society. Legalized torture reduces an enemy to an object to be beaten and tormented in the name of justice. Human trafficking turns people into pawns to be used for enjoyment or profit. Around the world and in our own backyards, innocent people are being used or discarded, denied their dignity as children of God. The least we can do today is to cry out to God in intercession and let us do what we can to make the world a place where the innocent and the vulnerable are welcomed, protected, and honoured.