#274 Finding God in the Mysteries of every day
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9 Yet You have rejected us and brought us to dishonor,
And do not go out with our armies.
10 You cause us to turn back from the adversary;
And those who hate us have taken spoil for themselves.
11 You give us as sheep to be eaten And have scattered us among the nations.
12 You sell Your people cheaply, And have not profited by their sale.
13 You make us a reproach to our neighbors, A scoffing and a derision to those around us.
14 You make us a byword among the nations, A laughingstock among the peoples.
15 All day long my dishonor is before me And my humiliation has overwhelmed me,
16 Because of the voice of him who reproaches and reviles,
Because of the presence of the enemy and the avenger.
17 All this has come upon us, but we have not forgotten You,
And we have not dealt falsely with Your covenant.
18 Our heart has not turned back, And our steps have not deviated from Your way,
19 Yet You have crushed us in a place of jackals And covered us with the shadow of death.
20 If we had forgotten the name of our God Or extended our hands to a strange god,
21 Would not God find this out? For He knows the secrets of the heart.
22 But for Your sake we are killed all day long;
We are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.
23 Arouse Yourself, why do You sleep, O Lord? Awake, do not reject us forever.
24 Why do You hide Your face And forget our affliction and our oppression?
25 For our soul has sunk down into the dust; Our body cleaves to the earth.
26 Rise up, be our help, And redeem us for the sake of Your lovingkindness.
From the depths of despair and desolation, the very worst of circumstances a frustration, an anger even, rises up and cries out. “Why are you letting this happen Lord?” At least, in one final plea, here, the psalmist cries out in hope, in anticipation, and in confidence falling finally on the one characteristic of God that can never be denied. Chesed- the Hebrew word which stands fo God’s longsuffering kindness and patience.
Truly, we have no other argument. Not our good behavior, not our declarations of faith, it is our actual trust and dependence upon Him to know and understand our every affliction and to lead us, however painful in what old timers called the “everlasting way.”
I pray for you who suffer greatly in this world that you might take some comfort from the truth that Jesus knows and cares about your suffering. Lean heavily on him in the midst of your troubles.