Sometimes people read the Bible and feel it is distant, and obviously written by people more faithful and good and dedicated than most.
Sometimes I think that.
Until I read the Psalms. I love the way they smack me in the face with honesty.
1 Truly God is good to His people, Israel, to those with pure hearts. 2 Though I know this is true, I almost lost my footing; yes, my steps were on slippery ground. 3 You see, there was a time when I envied arrogant men and thought, “The wicked look pretty happy to me.” 4 For they seem to live carefree lives, free of suffering; their bodies are strong and healthy. 5 They don’t know trouble as we do; they are not plagued with problems as the rest of us are.
I read those words and take a deep breath. I am not alone.
Isn’t it comforting to know you are not the only one who has wondered whether it’s worth it? All this serving others and giving up your own comforts and being faithful and loving stuff that God asks of us?
Don’t you sometimes look at others and think, “Their life looks so much more fun than mine?”
Or, “Why do all the people who could care less about God seem to be the ones who make it to the top?”
Where is God in the midst of the way the world works?
What do when we feel that way? The Psalmist shows us through his example. It is the example the Psalms display over and over and over again.
No matter how ugly, how angry, how cynical, how doubtful, how envious, or how bitter, we can take our feelings to God.
They are better off in His hands than ours. 21 You see, my heart overflowed with bitterness and cynicism; I felt as if someone stabbed me in the back. 22 But I didn’t know the truth; I have been acting like a stupid animal toward You. 23 But look at this: You are still holding my right hand; You have been all along. 24 Even though I was angry and hard-hearted, You gave me good advice; when it’s all over, You will receive me into Your glory. 25 For all my wanting, I don’t have anyone but You in heaven. There is nothing on earth that I desire other than You. 26 I admit how broken I am in body and spirit, but God is my strength, and He will be mine forever.
God stays beside us on every moment of our journey, whether our actions or our hearts are pointed towards him or not.
We don’t have to hide our cynicism or melancholy. God loves us no matter how we feel about Him.
And maybe, just maybe, if we come to Him in honesty, He will soften our callous minds. And we will begin to see His goodness again.
28 But the closer I am to You, my God, the better because life with You is good. O Lord, the Eternal, You keep me safe— I will tell everyone what You have done.
*All Scripture passages are from The Voice translation.
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