I’m still here

18 Jan

I can’t believe how long it has been since I have written on my blog.  Life has been busy.  I have painted my room and got a new bed.  Dad has had a “routine check” with most of his doctors.  If I can get a picture to attach to my post, I’ll show you my room (it is painted in a nice soft green).

So, on with the psalms.  Psalm 56 finds the writer upset by those who are pursuing them and asking God for help.

1-4 Take my side, God—I’m getting kicked around,
stomped on every day.
Not a day goes by
but somebody beats me up;
They make it their duty
to beat me up.
When I get really afraid
I come to you in trust.
I’m proud to praise God;
fearless now, I trust in God.
What can mere mortals do?

5-6 They don’t let up—
they smear my reputation
and huddle to plot my collapse.
They gang up,
sneak together through the alleys
To take me by surprise,
wait their chance to get me.

What I like about this psalm is that the writer looks to God for hope and defense.  Even though the psalmist feels persecuted they do look to avenge their own reputation.  Trust is placed in God to care for the difficulties of living with other human beings who are sometime ‘not nice’.   The psalmist does give advice about what God should do with ‘those people.’

Pay them back in evil!
Get angry, God!
Down with these people!

This passage about God’s total awareness of our life struggles with particularly poignant.  Think about what it means that God has kept track of all our tears and all our pain.  Perhaps the next time you are in that place of tears and pain you can imagine God standing with you; holding you through the brokenness of life.

You’ve kept track of my every toss and turn
through the sleepless nights,
Each tear entered in your ledger,
each ache written in your book.

If my enemies run away,
turn tail when I yell at them,
Then I’ll know
that God is on my side.

The writer ends, as most psalms do, with a shout out to God.  This praise of God brings in to perspective the vast difference between a God of is there for us and human beings who can often choose badly in life.  It is God who has the real power, healing, strength and hope of our lives.  I believe that, if God and I are in a good place, then the rest of my life will be OK.  Praising God is the best.

10-11 I’m proud to praise God,
proud to praise God.
Fearless now, I trust in God;
what can mere mortals do to me?

12-13 God, you did everything you promised,
and I’m thanking you with all my heart.
You pulled me from the brink of death,
my feet from the cliff-edge of doom.
Now I stroll at leisure with God
in the sunlit fields of life.

I hope you can find something to praise God for today.  If it is tough to praise God today, I pray you can feel the presence of God which is always there to count each tear.IMG_20130114_200036


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