Lord, the LORD Almighty, may those who hope in you not be disgraced because of me; God of Israel, may those who seek you not be put to shame because of me. For I endure scorn for your sake, and shame covers my face. Psalm 69:6-7

As I watched the events of January 6 unfold on television, I truly felt like the waters of anarchy were up to my neck—and I was sitting safely in front of my television in Charlottesville, not in the Capitol Building or even in Washington, DC. As a retired civil servant, I took the oath to uphold the Constitution in 1980 when I got my first government job. I was appalled at all of the people that now felt the need to overthrow the government of that constitution. Psalm 69 says “God of Israel, may those who seek you not be put to shame because of me. For I endure scorn for your sake and shame covers my face.” It continues “Do not let the floodwaters engulf me or the depths swallow me up or the pit close its mouth over me.” It ends with the speaker petitioning God to save him and punish his attackers. There is no mention of mercy—should there be?

Psalm 69:1-38, Psalm 73; Jeremiah 22:13-23; Romans 8:12-27; John 6:41-51