Psalm 123:1-4 “A Song of degrees. Unto thee lift I up mine eyes, O thou that dwellest in the heavens. Behold, as the eyes of servants look unto the hand of their masters, and as the eyes of a maiden unto the hand of her mistress; so our eyes wait upon the LORD our God, until that he have mercy upon us. Have mercy upon us, O LORD, have mercy upon us: for we are exceedingly filled with contempt. Our soul is exceedingly filled with the scorning of those that are at ease, and with the contempt of the proud.”
Saturdays offer more time than most to muse on what we read.
In the reading of this psalm, I thought it a prayer for today. We hear first the humility of the psalmist as he begs for mercy. He confirms not only his sins but that of the people he sees around him.
Would we be so bold as to confess our anger and hatred? Our violence and immorality? Our segregation, racial division, and cliquish behavior even within our churches? Could we be like Ezra and assume the nation’s sins upon himself as he pleads with God for his country?
Ezra 9:6-7 “And said, O my God, I am ashamed and blush to lift up my face to thee, my God: for our iniquities are increased over our head, and our trespass is grown up unto the heavens. Since the days of our fathers have we been in a great trespass unto this day; and for our iniquities have we, our kings, and our priests, been delivered into the hand of the kings of the lands, to the sword, to captivity, and to a spoil, and to confusion of face, as it is this day.”
Here in America, we have experienced such extreme hatred politically, socially, and even spiritually.
Churches are now commanded to cease holding services during this COVID pandemic.
Battle lines are being drawn.
People are taking sides.
Harsh words were spoken, and media and social media fuels the unrest.
We are no longer able to exchange ideas without categorizing and condemning a person for thinking differently. We should be able to listen to a contrary opinion without tearing down one’s character with hateful and hurtful words.
I have learned a great deal from my staunchest of critics. They express their views yet, and there is always a nugget of truth. I may have come across or have been perceived as hateful, critical, or condemning when presenting the truth. How I deliver the truth is just as important as what I deliver.
There are some things in which we should never be moved. Biblical Doctrine should be first learned, studied, practiced, and lived out in every child of God.
The call of God on the life of every child of God should not be compromised. It is the highest of honors to be asked by the Creator of the universe to do what He designed us to do. God saw fit to give us gifts and talents for a specific purpose. When you and I use and utilize them rightly, we will find no greater peace and joy – ever!
The Word of God should never be watered down or changed in any way. Its potency lies in its sober delivery. God’s will and purpose are accomplished when we deliver it as He designed.
Isaiah 55:11 “So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.”
As children of the Living God, we have commands to obey, standards to live by, and a Savior to lift and proclaim. May our lives be filled with what is needed to fulfill God’s calling on our lives today!