One of the highlights of my stay in the United States was the opportunity to visit Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, where I witnessed Old Faithful, the hot water geyser, erupt 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 which becomes so great that water and steam are forced 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 God’s justice. He had to stand up in the “great assembly” and proclaim the truth of God’s redemption and his offer of restoration.
As Christians, we have a duty to stand up, if need be, “in the great assembly” and speak up for those who have no voice themselves. There are so many people who suffer injustice in our world today, that it’s hard to keep track of them all. One of the most heinous of human crimes is remembered on 22nd January, when in 1973, the United States Supreme Court paved the way for legalized abortion, with the infamous Roe versus Wade decision.
We are all aware of the way human life has been, and still is, disregarded and abused. And it’s not just through abortion, but physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia. 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 is join the psalmist today as he cries to God in intercession. Let us do what we can to make the world a place where the innocent and the vulnerable are welcomed and protected.