2005-05-22 - Now Hear This!
Psalm 5, Part 1
There have certainly been times over the years, just prior to the original writing of this message, when things were going less than ideally in my life. It was during this time that I experienced the reality of a prayer life that seemed to control me more that I controlled it.
I'm sure, considering the tests many of you have been put through, that you too are familiar with the experience of crying out in pain to the Lord - prayers that are inarticulate groans, reflections of the pain being felt, more than some kind of profound theological exercise. When our church finally closed, I had some serious discussions with God regarding my assessment of His fairness. I was in substantial pain. I felt I had given my all, and He owed me.
Have you ever felt like that? But I also realized that this was an emotional response, and not consistent with what I knew to be true about God or life. It is during these times that we fall on our faces. All we express is pain and frustration. But that very expression can be a testimony to the depth of our faith. It is God to whom we are crying, because we know He loves us and can do something about our pain.
While there may even be anger in our cry, nevertheless there is an awareness of the mercy of God as well. And it is that mercy that we long for. As Job's wife said to her husband,
"Are you still holding on to your integrity? Curse God and die." Let us say with Job, "You are talking like a foolish woman. Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?" Job 2:9-10
One of the greatest blessings we have as Christians is access to God - and the confidence that we have His ear and His love. And it seems the author of Psalm 5 also has this same awareness, even though he lives in an Old Testament economy, while we live in the New. In this lesson, we will look at his prayer and see what we can draw from it that will benefit us.
To be continued.
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