These Lives are Precious – July 4, 2021

Scripture:  Psalm 72  “God delivers the needy when they call.” (72:12)

As we celebrate  Independence Day on this Sunday in 2021, we recognize, of course,  that we do not live in a land ruled by Kings, as the hearers of our first Psalm of this series did. Nevertheless, the petitions of the psalmist for justice, deliverance, defense of the poor and oppressed, and peace for all peoples is an undergirding theme of our faith. We are reminded that a just society is one that proclaims “these lives are precious” and worthy of protection. God, indeed, is holding our lives… and wants “liberty and justice for all.”