Psalm 142: I Say ‘You are my Safe House’

Family of Michael Brown gather at Greater St. Mark's Family Church in Ferguson, MO.
Family of Michael Brown gather at Greater St. Mark’s Family Church in Ferguson, MO.

Rev. Otis Moss III is preaching this Sunday on Marvin Gaye’s “Make Me Wanna Holler,” Ferguson, and Psalm 142. He says it’s “a psalm of lament and cry for help when the writer felt like an outcast [or] criminal, and not a citizen in his own nation.”



Here is my adaptation of a portion of Psalm 142 (for Dorian Johnson):

… On the street where I walk
the powers have hidden a trap for me.
Check to my right hand and see—
no one one in this country takes notice of me;
not but a second from home,
yet there’s nowhere to hide;
and no one cares.
I cry to you, O Lord;
I say, ‘You are my safe house,
my quiet crib in the land of the living.’
Listen up, O Lord,
for I am felled very low.
Save me from my persecutors, and prosecutors,
and perpetrators, and police,
for they are too strong for me.
Bring me out of this prison,
so that I may give respect to your name.
Then the mob surrounding me will be the righteous,
and You will be my judge and jury.
–adaptation of Psalm 142 by Rose Berger

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