Psalms – Prayers of Honesty
If we listen intently to the news to really understand and think about the fear that others in our very city must feel when they are terrorized, does it drive us to God in prayer? When we hear about young adults, kids really, being lured and tricked in slavery and sexual abuse, what is our reaction? When we look at families who are torn apart by selfishness and greed, do we ask God to help them? When we hear a siren, do we pray? When yet another killing is reported, do we pray for the family who lost their child to crime and passion? Where is our heart in times like these?
Have we simply heard so much and too much to care anymore? There is a word for it…anesthetized. This is becoming so overwhelmed by tragedies that our minds become unaware, blocking out the sin of the this world that is terrorizing our “neighbors” in our city, state, nation and world. We put on our smiles and deprive our hearts of feeling or awareness. It is this tragedy of a magnitude that anesthetizes the mind.
David cries out to God about what he is seeing in his world at the moment…
Psalm 10, The Message
1-2 God, are you avoiding me?
Where are you when I need you?
Full of hot air, the wicked
are hot on the trail of the poor.
Trip them up, tangle them up
in their fine-tuned plots.
3-4 The wicked are windbags,
the swindlers have foul breath.
The wicked snub God,
their noses stuck high in the air.
Their graffiti are scrawled on the walls:
“Catch us if you can!” “God is dead.”
5-6 They care nothing for what you think;
if you get in their way, they blow you off.
They live (they think) a charmed life:
“We can’t go wrong. This is our lucky year!”
7-8 They carry a mouthful of hexes,
their tongues spit venom like adders.
They hide behind ordinary people,
then pounce on their victims.
9 They mark the luckless,
then wait like a hunter in a blind;
When the poor wretch wanders too close,
they stab him in the back.
10-11 The hapless fool is kicked to the ground,
the unlucky victim is brutally axed.
He thinks God has dumped him,
he’s sure that God is indifferent to his plight.
12-13 Time to get up, God—get moving.
The luckless think they’re Godforsaken.
They wonder why the wicked scorn God
and get away with it,
Why the wicked are so cocksure
they’ll never come up for audit.
14 But you know all about it—
the contempt, the abuse.
I dare to believe that the luckless
will get lucky someday in you.
You won’t let them down:
orphans won’t be orphans forever.
15-16 Break the wicked right arms,
break all the evil left arms.
Search and destroy
every sign of crime.
God’s grace and order wins;
17-18 The victim’s faint pulse picks up;
the hearts of the hopeless pump red blood
as you put your ear to their lips.
Orphans get parents,
the homeless get homes.
The reign of terror is over,
the rule of the gang lords is ended.
SOMETHING TO CHEW….
David pours out his heart for the hurting all around him in honest prayer to God. David loves God dearly. He loves others. Because David is a “man after God’s own heart”, his heart is broken for God’s people. David hates what the wicked are doing within and without of the nation of Israel.
Do we pray for God to break our hearts of those things that break His heart? If we do, we will come out of our anesthesia state of mind and perhaps be driven to honest pray for others as David did.
David looks around his world in chaos and reminds us that grace wins. God is grace. “Yahweh’s grace and order wins; godlessness loses.” Every. Time.
“You won’t let them down: orphans won’t be orphans forever.”
Praise God from Whom all blessings flow. Praise God for creating new hearts in all of us at our second birth. Praise God for setting things right in the world and in the world to come by his holy, righteous acts of goodness, full of mercy and rich in grace. Why? Because God loves us.
There is no one in this world that God does not love.
Camp on that thought today.
Dear Heavenly Father,
You are God and we are not. We are sometimes overwhelmed by the sadness and terror, the chaos in broken lives, the daily murders, and the abuses of human to human. Help us to wake up from our anesthetized minds to pray, deep pray for those you have created and love. Help us to pray for our enemies who are being used by the evil one to destroy others who love you. Break our hearts of those things that break your heart. Then guide our thoughts to your grace. Yes, your graces wins. And we are grateful. Guide our thoughts to how we can help others end the selfishness to find and follow you.
In Jesus Name, Amen