Psalms of Honesty and Truth
We all have “those days” when everything seems to go wrong and when everyone’s criticisms and lies about us cut deeply into our being. We take all things too personally. Believe me, I know. I have fallen for the “poor me” stuff many times. Those who care deeply and want the best for all concerned seem to also hurt deeply when it thwarted by gossip. But victory is ours when we stop, look and listen to the Holy Spirit’s comfort and hear, really hear what God wants instead of what we think we need.
There will always be gossip by those who forgot that God hates it or they don’t know God and love him and others; but love self and self promotion more. Disregard them. Move on, don’t fight back with more gossip and sarcastic put downs. It’s unbecoming of believers who seek God’s will and purpose. Let God take care of them, in HIS time. Stay focused on the goals and purpose He gave us. We realize that His Presence draws close to us when we listen to His voice, focus on His Word and allow the negative voices to fade into the background of this world.
It’s been going on a long time. The Psalmist had his own battles with gossip. His psalms are intensely personal, containing over fifty personal pronouns; and the writer fluctuated between faith and despair as he wrestled with the Lord. He questions the Lord eleven times as he wonders why God doesn’t do something for him. We see him passing through phases of self pity, then on to more growth and maturity. He begins with self, moves on to others’ wrongs to him and then finally realizes it’s all about God before he comes to victory and peace.
Psalm 70, NLT
Please, God, rescue me!
Come quickly, Lord, and help me.
2 May those who try to kill me
be humiliated and put to shame.
May those who take delight in my trouble
be turned back in disgrace.
3 Let them be horrified by their shame,
for they said, “Aha! We’ve got him now!”
4 But may all who search for you
be filled with joy and gladness in you.
May those who love your salvation
repeatedly shout, “God is great!”
5 But as for me, I am poor and needy;
please hurry to my aid, O God.
You are my helper and my savior;
O Lord, do not delay.
Pause and meditate all day long on this phrase if you will, I am:
“You are my helper and my Savior.”
In Jesus Name, Amen