Psalm 58 - One A Week Psalm Project
Reflection from10th March – 16th March, 2020
I wonder how much we miss by reading the scriptures in our heads – or even by the dainty oral readings often done in church. I wonder what the Psalms would sound like narrated by someone like John Cleese, like his enthusiastic read of The Screwtape Letters.
This Psalm is full of imagery and changes who it is speaking to a few times. It feels more like a Shakespearean soliloquy more than anything else.
This Psalm is for those who rage against the powerful for their mistreatment of those in their care. That still seems pretty relevant.
But at the same time, in the context of the whole, ongoing story of God, it’s also not the final word on corruption, or justice. While we can and should fight corruption and fight for justice, only God can bring about true and lasting justice.
I think this Psalm is an acknowledgement that sometimes, things just suck.