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Feeling the Word During Recent Events:
Psalm 68 (NIV)
19 Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior,
who daily bears
20 Our God is a God who saves;
from the Sovereign
Lord comes escape from death.
21 Surely God will crush the heads of his enemies,
the hairy crowns
of those who go on in their sins.
22 The Lord says, “I will bring them from Bashan;
I will bring them
from the depths of the sea,
23 that your feet may wade in the blood of your foes,
while the tongues
of your dogs have their share.”
I have spent most of my time at home since March 14th.
Previously, running here and there, typically had some degree of purpose, but
also to some extent served as a trigger, I have realized, wherein I would sweep
excess emotions under the rug on the way out the door. No longer running here
and there; that process of “dealing” with emotions broke down, and those
emotions became difficult to ignore. During this time frame, I read the passage
above from the Psalms and it helped me with the emotions associated with recent
issues, that I previously was not mature enough emotionally to handle.
When I read v19 – 20 I was reassured and reminded, that my
salvation through Jesus Christ means that there is more for me, now, and beyond an
earthly death. That reassurance, up against the risk of getting coivd-19 and
dying, was sufficient to balance my emotions in that regard. v21 was painful, though,
as I had to admit that I go on sinning.
In my head, I accepted the need for justice, and even
extreme justice within the historical and Biblical context of the Old
Testament. But it was not until I watched the video of George Floyd, that I felt the need for that kind of justice from v21 – 23 in my heart, emotionally. After
watching the life ebb out of his face, at the hands of another man, in such
vivid detail, I felt the need for that level of justice. I felt it so strong
that it would have wrecked me, if v19 “bears our burdens” were not there. I
felt God prodding me to turn to Him with those emotions, and it was there,
fully feeling those emotions with Him that I made progress.
Then I watched as looters broke into stores, and in one
store, had my fellow employees fleeing out the back of the store as the front
was being battered in. Back again, to a point where I felt the need for strong
justice to right yet another injustice. And God again prodded me to turn to Him
with those emotions. As I felt the emotions with God this time, I realized that
He understood, and shared my strong emotions against injustice. But with that,
I also was hit again by the prior painful emotion, that I was unjust; v21
“those who go on in their sins”.
I went through a brief mental gyration, about my sin being less
than the other guys’, but was reminded quickly that that had its roots in
thinking I could to earn my way into vs 19 – 20. And from previously having
tried to go down that path, knew that that discredited theory doesn’t make any
sense, or God would not have allowed the injustice of the world to be placed on
His own Son. What father would do that if it were not necessary. That in God’s
willingness to do that, as the only avenue to address the injustice of a broken
world and at the same time save it (John 3:17), it unlocked a breakthrough for
me. I had no right to carry the need for justice wrought against someone else,
God owns that, not me. And while I feel that need, I must feel it with God, for
there to be a healthy outcome.
John 3:17 For God did not send his Son into the world to
condemn the world, but to save the world through him.
Heavenly Father, thank you for giving me an intolerance to
injustice, and the accompanying emotions. Thank you as well, for being there to
bear those burdens with me. And above all, thank you for the incomparable
sacrifice you made in order to bring about justice, and in the only way that
could also save me from my sin. Please remind me of this each and every day.
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