You desire truth in the inward being;
therefore teach me wisdom in my secret heart. (Psalm 51:6)
Today is Juneteenth, a day when our African-American sisters and brothers celebrate the symbolic end of slavery as June 19, 1865 was the day when the Emancipation Proclamation was read in Texas, the last of the Confederate States in which the address was read. So it is fitting that the psalmist today sings a song of confession, a song of repentance. It is a deeply personal psalm – “me” and “I” abound in the song as the psalmist recognizes past sin and begs forgiveness. But it is also a deeply corporate psalm – it is a community of people coming together in worship who sing this song together, recognizing their past sin and begging forgiveness.
Yes, today is Juneteenth, an important day for our Black sisters and brothers. But it is also an important day for our White sisters and brothers as well, a day when we might search our inward being and change our ways so that there might be justice for all. – rc