Posted By Nan

Psalm 120

A song of ascents.

1 I call on the Lord in my distress,
    and he answers me.

2 Save me, Lord,
    from lying lips
    and from deceitful tongues.

3 What will he do to you,
    and what more besides,
    you deceitful tongue?

4 He will punish you with a warrior’s sharp arrows,
    with burning coals of the broom bush.

5 Woe to me that I dwell in Meshek,
    that I live among the tents of Kedar!

6 Too long have I lived
    among those who hate peace.

7 I am for peace;
    but when I speak, they are for war.

Sometimes I wish I lived in a strong Jesus following community. Surely I would not have to suffer the nastiness I face here on earth!

But then I remember. Some of the worst abuse and nastiness I have faced has come from so called Jesus followers.

The reality is that people aren’t that nice. There will always be nastiness and liars. 

I wish they could be punished now. Final judgement feels too far away and I have to endure horrible things before that time. 

But I know I dwell with people who like those from Kedar are cut off from the worship of the true God. But I am not cut off from worshipping Him.

I know I dwell among those from Meshek. The ones known as the remotest and rudest nation of the world. But I am not rude, nor do I seek to isolate others from God or isolate myself from God for that matter.

For those who cry out to God in their distress I have this answer. 

God will provide comfort, not necessarily as you want Him to comfort. And He will not necessarily remove you from the distressing situation. 

He will give you strength but not necessarily the strength you think He should give you.

All you can do is trust Him and hang on, trusting that His grip on you is stronger than your desperate hanging on to Him.

 
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