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April 4, 2019

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Members of Robert Mueller's team are leaking to the press that Attorney General William Barr (right) wasn't honest with his four-page letter to Congress on the Mueller report.
"Some members of Mr. Mueller’s team are concerned that, because [Attorney General] Barr created the first narrative of the special counsel’s findings, Americans’ views will have hardened before the investigation’s conclusions become public," the New York Times reports. "One source told the Washington Post that the evidence they collected on obstruction 'was much more acute than Barr suggested.'" 

The heavens are telling the glory of God;
    and the firmament proclaims his handiwork.
Day to day pours forth speech,
    and night to night declares knowledge.
There is no speech, nor are there words;
    their voice is not heard;
yet their voice goes out through all the earth,
    and their words to the end of the world.

In the heavens he has set a tent for the sun,
which comes out like a bridegroom from his wedding canopy,
    and like a strong man runs its course with joy.
Its rising is from the end of the heavens,
    and its circuit to the end of them;
    and nothing is hid from its heat.

The law of the Lord is perfect,
    reviving the soul;
the decrees of the Lord are sure,
    making wise the simple;
the precepts of the Lord are right,
    rejoicing the heart;
the commandment of the Lord is clear,
    enlightening the eyes;
the fear of the Lord is pure,
    enduring forever;
the ordinances of the Lord are true
    and righteous altogether.
More to be desired are they than gold,
    even much fine gold;
sweeter also than honey,
    and drippings of the honeycomb.

Moreover by them is your servant warned;
    in keeping them there is great reward.
But who can detect their errors?
    Clear me from hidden faults.
Keep back your servant also from the insolent;[d]
    do not let them have dominion over me.
Then I shall be blameless,
    and innocent of great transgression.

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
    be acceptable to you,
    O Lord, my rock and my redeemer. -- Psalm 19

This morning as I opened the news and read the headline “Mueller’s investigators say findings are more troubling for Trump than Barr indicated” my first thought was “This isn’t news.” At least not the breaking kind.  In Trump’s White House deference for the Law vacillates between “optional” and “nuisance.” So it should come as little surprise that Barr would withhold information that could potentially damage Trump’s presidency. 

So I closed the news app and opened the Book of Common Prayer, thumbing my way to the Psalm dedicated to the morning of the fourth day of the month: Psalm 19. Psalm 19 is a marriage of two distinct kinds of psalms, the first to the glory of creation and the second to the goodness of the Torah. 

You’ll recognize its opening and closing lines: “The Heavens are telling the glory of God…” and “May the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be acceptable to you, my Rock and my Redeemer.”

But nestled between those familiar verses is a hymn of assurance, reminding us that no one is above the law, which the psalmist says is like “the sun, no one and nothing is hidden from its heat.” The psalmist describes God’s justice as “more desirable than gold, even much fine gold,” which may not mean much to us, we the people of PayPal and ApplePay, but gold is still what investors turn to in times of crisis. Gold is still what we believe will purchase the greatest commodity of all: security. 

And yet none of us in this country—from the top to the bottom—will know security until the midnights of injustice are consumed by the sun, which hides nothing.  “But who can detect their own errors? Cleanse us from our hidden faults.”  May it be so.
In these newly unfolding days of spring, look to the heavens and listen to what they’re telling you. 
God of the heavens and firmament, in these tarnished days, link our passion with courage, our hope with discipline, and our love with persistence. May the words of our mouths, our prayers for one another, find acceptability with you, our Rock and Redeemer. Amen.
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