Thursday, October 3, 2013

Psalm 9

Sometimes life, no matter how good it is, just feels exhausting.  Our little...okay, medium is doing well, very well.  We are still working on finding balance on getting things done, but when we "fail" the trade off seems all the more worth it.  For instance a day at the park celebrating the Chinese Moon Festival resulted in too tall of grass...possibly too tall until Spring.  Oh well.

But when the world and politics force themselves on me; honestly it exhausts me...and makes me feel a little bit, possibly a lot bit, stupid.  Oh, I have strong feelings about a lot of it, and I especially have strong feelings about how Christians seem to be handling it, but every time I sit to write it out, I get overwhelmed.  After all, in a lot of Christians' minds (based on their facebook memes) I am too liberal...and in non-Christians I am too judgmental and conservative.  Then there is in my mind the fear that I have lost all critical thinking skills.  If you can give me a well thought out or reasoned response--or maybe one that just sounds like one--you could possibly sway me to your opinion.

So while feeling exhausted and overwhelmed and just a bit stupid, I sat down to do my Bible Study.  Because one thing holds true for me; God is where I go to get answers.

And while I still don't know which way to vote next election, this is what God said.

"Give thanks to the Lord with your whole heart;
Recount my wonderful deeds.
Be glad and exult in Me.
Sing praise to My name, the Most High. Psalm 9:1-2

For the needy shall not always be forgotten,
and the hope of the poor shall not perish forever.  Psalm 9:18

Someday, I, the Lord, will arise.
Men will not prevail.
The nations will be judged before Me!
I, the Lord, will put fear in them.
The nations will know that they are but men!"   Psalm 9:19-20

The mess the world is in; the sins we all accept and condone; will be dealt with.  Not be me or any other person, but by God.  

"He does not forget the cry of the afflicted." Psalm 9:12b "He will judge the world with righteousness and the peoples with uprightness."  Psalm 9:8

My poor, overtired, confused brain does not have to figure it out.  Do you know how reassuring that is?

"He has told you, O man, what is good; 
and what does the Lord require of you
but to do justice, and to love kindness,
and to walk humbly with your God?"  Micah 6:8

Oh sure, it is still difficult to ascertain what justice is but I do not need to seek people for the answer, whether they are a Christian or not.  I need to walk humbly with God and He will show me.  Easier said then done, but WAY easier than pleasing everyone with my opinions and spending time sucked into the quagmire of emotional, political, and religious arguments.

"Oh Lord, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!"  
Psalm 8:1 and 9


Christina said...

Amen! I've been feeling the exact same way lately- lovely post!

Bonnie, Jim, Ainsley and Sofie said...

Perfectly stated!!!! You have a very eloquent way with words. Thank you so much for sharing amongst all the political you know what :)