In memoriam: September 11, 2001

Whatever your faith persuasion, from devout to nothing at all, spare some moments today for remembering September 11, 2001.

Psalm 143, a penitental psalm for the victims

LORD, hear my prayer;
in your faithfulness listen to my pleading;
answer me in your righteousness.

Do not enter into judgment with your servant;
before you no one can be just.

The enemy has pursued my soul;
he has crushed my life to the ground.

He has made me dwell in darkness
like those long dead.

My spirit is faint within me;
my heart despairs.

I remember the days of old;
I ponder all your deeds;
the works of your hands I recall.

I stretch out my hands toward you,
my soul to you like a parched land.

Hasten to answer me, LORD;
for my spirit fails me.

Do not hide your face from me,
lest I become like those descending to the pit.

In the morning let me hear of your mercy,
for in you I trust.

Show me the path I should walk,
for I entrust my life to you.

Rescue me, LORD, from my foes,
for I seek refuge in you.

Teach me to do your will,
for you are my God.

May your kind spirit guide me
on ground that is level.

For your name’s sake, LORD, give me life;
in your righteousness lead my soul out of distress.

In your mercy put an end to my foes;
all those who are oppressing my soul,
for I am your servant.

Psalm 153, an imprecatory psalm against the perpetrators

The fool says in his heart,
“There is no God.”
They act corruptly and practice injustice;
there is none that does good.

God looks out from the heavens
upon the children of Adam,
To see if there is a discerning person
who is seeking God.

All have gone astray;
each one is altogether perverse.

There is not one who does what is good, not even one.

Do they not know better, those who do evil,
who feed upon my people as they feed upon bread?
Have they not called upon God?

They are going to fear his name with great fear,
though they had not feared it before.

For God will scatter the bones
of those encamped against you.

They will surely be put to shame,
for God has rejected them.

Who will bring forth from Zion
the salvation of Israel?

When God reverses the captivity of his people
Jacob will rejoice and Israel will be glad.