I am not really a theologian – at least that is not my path in live. I do study scripture, and comment on scripture. But I do not present that with any authority, and certainly do not expect that any one will see me as an authority. And most certainly do not put myself forth as a feminist theologian. However! I did feel called, because of my focus this week, to re-cast this Psalm in a more feminist light. If it makes you smile, makes you think, and makes you feel included gentle female readers, I am satisfied. Shalom!
“Praise the Lord!
Praise the Lord with me, O sisters of my soul!
I will praise the Lord as long as I live; I will sing praises to my God all my life long.
Do not put your trust in princes, in male mortals, in whom there is no help.
When their breath departs, they return to the earth – just we do; on that very day their and our mortal plans perish.Happy are those, sisters of my soul, whose help is the God of Rachel and Leah, whose hope is in the Lord their God, who made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them; who keeps faith forever; who executes justice for the oppressed; who gives food to the hungry.
The Lord sets the prisoners free who have been oppressed and marginalized; the Lord opens the eyes of the blind who have not seen our worth.
The Lord lifts up those who are bowed down by patriarchal traditions and expectations;
the Lord loves the righteous women.
The Lord watches over the strangers that taken from their homes and placed in foreign lands;
he upholds the orphan and the widow for who no provisions have been made,
but the way of the wicked that seek to oppress us, he brings to ruin.
The Lord will reign forever, your God, O Sisters from places and times, for all generations of women.
Praise the Lord!” (Psalm 146)