Living Psalm 85–Pentecost 7B

Living Psalms Book

Psalms in the form of words and art, reborn in the specific contexts of our world, privileging the voices of historically marginalized communities

and those acting in solidarity with them.


Living Psalm  85:8-13– Pentecost 7B

Listen and hear, understand, and comprehend what our God has to say to us. Are you listening? Get rid of the phone, focus. Stop the thoughts about the next thing on your to do list or you’ll never grasp the Whispers of God’s Spirit.

Are you ready? Attention all peoples of the world, God is Still speaking. What?

God is speaking peace into your horrible circumstance, peace into your marriage, people at work and with family both the ones you like and the others not so much. Are you listening?

God is speaking peace into God’s people. Yeah, chill, of course that means you, but it also means the others that you’re not so peaceable with. Snap. God is trying to get your attention. God has begun to impart, it’s a freebie, peace. Peace to the faithful, peace to those who pause to look inward and have a heart to heart connection with the Holy One of Israel.

Hear, listen, and comprehend this too, Salvation is right here to those who honor, respect, and sing praises to our merciful God. Peace, Justice, Equality, and Equity for all of our land and the lands of the world. Love that passes understanding and Great is thy faithful are living on the same street, your street. Righteousness and Peace are showing lots of love and they Kiss and share with each other and others what they have.

Faithfulness with not be stand idle. It sees you and springs up; the ground cannot keep it down. Righteousness will smile as it looks from the sky; it sees beauty. It sees you. God will give us what is good, right, and just and our land will yield its increase because we stop stopped and listened to the Still Speaking God. Righteousness goes before us and makes a way when others say no way; God says this way.


Living Psalm  85-Pentecost 7B was written by Justo González II.

Living Psalms Book is created by UCC Witness & Worship Artists’ Group, a Network of UCC connected artists, activists and ministers bridging the worship and liturgy of the local church with witness and action in the community. 

Logo is detail from Living Psalm 80 by Sophia Beardemphl, Redwoods, CA. Recovering from significant bullying, Sophia, age nine, read Psalm 80 and  thought of brokenness that needs mending. She drew this broken and mended bowl.

© Copyright 2021 Justo González II.  Permission granted to reproduce or adapt this material for use in services of worship or church education.  All publishing rights reserved. 


Living Psalm 85–Pentecost 7B