Dec 26 Daily Rhythm
Give ear to my prayer, O God, and hide not yourself from my plea for mercy! Attend to me, and answer me; I am restless in my complaint and I moan, because of the noise of the enemy, because of the oppression of the wicked. For they drop trouble upon me, and in anger they bear a grudge against me.
Some people are difficult. Living in a world that is shattered from its intended purpose is a hard thing. We were made for glory and yet we so often experience pain. Notice what the Psalmist does. Does he complain to a buddy? Go drinking? Start a rumor mill? No, he cries out to the only one with the ability to make things right.
My heart is in anguish within me; the terrors of death have fallen upon me. Fear and trembling come upon me, and horror overwhelms me. And I say, “Oh, that I had wings like a dove! I would fly away and be at rest; yes, I would wander far away; I would lodge in the wilderness; I would hurry to find a shelter from the raging wind and tempest.”
Listen to the ways that the Psalmist cries out to God here. The emotion, the passion! Why don’t we do that? What stands in the way of us being emotional with our maker? Try it out.
Destroy, O Lord, divide their tongues; for I see violence and strife in the city. Day and night they go around it on its walls, and iniquity and trouble are within it; ruin is in its midst; oppression and fraud do not depart from its marketplace. For it is not an enemy who taunts me— then I could bear it; it is not an adversary who deals insolently with me— then I could hide from him. But it is you, a man, my equal, my companion, my familiar friend. We used to take sweet counsel together; within God’s house we walked in the throng. Let death steal over them; let them go down to Sheol alive; for evil is in their dwelling place and in their heart.
This Psalm actually has a historical setting. David was wounded and betrayed by a friend. I bet you have experienced that. Tell God what it feels like to be betrayed. Know that he has promised that though the whole world turn their backs on you, he will not.