I came across this quote on the internet last night. It spoke to so much of what was rolling around in my head. On Friday evening as the attack on Paris was unfolding, I was in a meeting. We were kind of secluded, and thus none of us were aware what was happening while we sat dishing out a to do list for our team of conference volunteers.
Over the past 46 days I have been slowly working my way through the Psalms. My head has been swimming in the scriptures, where God’s people are calling out to him. They are asking for divine intervention, they are looking to God to overthrow their enemies, they are seeking his protection, provision, and favor.
When I came across this quote… I thought of Paris. I thought of Israel. I thought of Africa. I thought of Haiti, South America, and so many other places that are aching & have been for some time. For some it is civil unrest, famine, poverty, medical crisis, abuse, sex trafficking, drug trafficking, genocide, evil and corrupt leaders…
I have also thought about those who are on our very streets, in the United States, suffering due to addiction, homelessness, untreated illnesses, mental illness…
I can’t help but to think of those who have prodigal children, missing family members, deployed spouses, terminal illness…
In a time of medical advancements, technology, wealth, and so many other things that should put things in our favor and give us the means to help others on a global scale…
The world hurts.
It cries out.
God do you hear me? Do you hear my prayers?
Do not forget your servants, God!
Do not turn your face from us, do not withhold your blessing!
Lord, deliver us from our enemies. Bring us into your presence.
For forty three of those verses were cries out to God (yes, some praises too.. but mostly cries). This is the world today. As I came into verses 45 and 46, I found a new page, a new voice. Full of praises of the wonder and awesomeness of God and the Anointed One.
The may be pain in the night. But joy comes in the morning. When the oceans rage, I don’t have to be afraid. I know that YOU love me, your love never fails.
Praising you through the tears, clinging to your word. Your world aches Lord, but our hope remains in you. Examine us Lord, show us our iniquities, so that we may repent and be washed clean. Do not forget your servants, you are our refuge and our protector. We will sing of your glory forever.
God is our refuge and strength, and ever present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. Selah.
There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy place where the Most High dwells. God is within her, she will not fall; God will help her at break of day. Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall; he lifts his voice, the earth melts.
The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress Selah.
Come and see the works of the Lord, the desolations he has brought on the earth. He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth; he breaks the bow and shatters the spear, he burns the shields with fire. “Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”
The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah.