This morning I read Psalms 6-8. I was simply reading to hear God’s voice to my soul. Looking for refreshment and inspiration. Hungering for His presence. One of my distant mentors encourages reading through the Psalms continually.
I started reading and had a hard time relating to chapters 6 & 7. They were about dealing with an enemy. My life is very easy right now. My only personal enemy seems to be inside my head (the big enemy). I struggle with my lack of a sense of accomplishment. Sometimes I worry that something will go wrong to disturb my comfort :) but I certainly do not relate to an enemy anything like David did. (Ps 6:7)
My eyes grow weak with sorrow; they fail because of all my foes.
Then Psalm 8 came along and shifted the conversation. The focus is on God and the majesty of His name. It is a great Psalm of praise to lift our hearts from dismay. As we read, we can find encouragement in His grand design. In that, we are reminded of his purpose for mankind. (Psalm 8:5-6)
You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings
I am reminded that we are called to rule the world in a sense. I am also reminded that ruling the world can have a variety of difficulties.
When we have in our hearts a peaceful world where God sits on the throne and all are cared for... then we see the enemy. We see the enemy in stupid decisions, unkindness, utter evil. We see him in hunger, addiction, hopelessness, and loneliness. We must fight against these things.
When our heart is focused on this mission, then we find ourselves crying out for God’s rescue. (Ps 6:3-4)
My soul is in anguish,
The earth is tormented with the curse. God is a good Father. He desires to redeem us and to restore us. He will do it! Bring Him your heart and bring Him your tears.
A shepherd and his journey