Daily Worship

Uprooted Feet

Dan Harper September 27, 2021 0 2
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Psalm 54 (NRSVA)

1 Save me, O God, by your name,
    and vindicate me by your might.
2 Hear my prayer, O God;
    give ear to the words of my mouth.

3 For the insolent have risen against me,
    the ruthless seek my life;
    they do not set God before them.Selah

4 But surely, God is my helper;
    the Lord is the upholder of my life.
5 He will repay my enemies for their evil.
    In your faithfulness, put an end to them.

6 With a freewill-offering I will sacrifice to you;
    I will give thanks to your name, O Lord, for it is good.
7 For he has delivered me from every trouble,
    and my eye has looked in triumph on my enemies.

Have you ever felt the need to run, not just for pleasure but to get out of a difficult or frightening situation?

If you have had the misfortune of having to run in this circumstance it is probable, in Scotland, that you haven’t had to go far. However, as we look out from our own borders, remembering the rest of humanity who share the earth beneath our feet, the need to run is not just a temporary thing.

In late August and early September, it was difficult to watch as planes of people, who are people like you and me, fled Afghanistan. It’s difficult to comprehend the need to flee your home so desperately that you are willing to cross the Mediterranean or the English Channel in nothing but a small inflatable boat.

When our own feet are uprooted, and when we see the feet of others being uprooted, there is only one thing to do, which is to get those roots back in soil. Get people into a community where they can feel safe and express themselves as the remarkable piece of creation that they are.

The Psalmist reminds us that as Christians we believe we are rooted in God, that we are rooted in love. And as we are to echo the love of God into the world, we are called to help those who are uprooted get settled by loving them for who they are.    





As we wiggle our toes and feel the ground under our feet,

Help us be rooted in you,

As we pull on socks of compassion and shoes of hope,

Ready to spread your love in the world.