Psalms of Honesty and Truth
Through the holiday season some of us get nostalgic and a little homesick for places and people who were bigger than life to us when we were much younger. We grow homesick for the intimate relationships with people who would sit with us for hours in conversation about anything and everything. We learned from each other. We felt safe with each other.
Our individual journeys, however, move us all into different locations and situations. New challenges teach us how important it is to stay close to God and to follow His every Word. Yes, we get knocked around by those who do not believe. The arrogant who go their own way are distracting to us at best. So, we wait on God to relieve us but instead He comforts, teaches and renews our minds by changing our thoughts, transforming us through these challenges. Our attention is then redirected back to Him, His will and purpose for us. Ultimately, we get “homesick” for Him. Because of His great love for us, He restores the joy of our salvation.
The Psalmist is homesick…for God’s salvation. This homesick longing in our hearts comes from a desire to know, feel, and be assured of God’s salvation in us in spite of what others say or do. Be assured. The Psalmist figured it out…”Everything you command is a sure thing.” Salvation of our souls is a sure thing to all who believe and live it out loud.
So, when harassed by unbelievers, know that God is still on the throne. He is ALWAYS with us. He isn’t going anywhere without us. He loves us now and forever. His love drives out fear. Jesus said, pray for those who hurt you. Let God take care of our tormentors. Pray that He will transform their lives as He is doing for us. Let us keep our grip on God’s counsel. That’s all we have time for anyway. Still homesick? Mm, I don’t think so.
Psalm 119:81-88, The Message
I’m homesick—longing for your salvation;
I’m waiting for your word of hope.
My eyes grow heavy watching for some sign of your promise;
how long must I wait for your comfort?
There’s smoke in my eyes—they burn and water,
but I keep a steady gaze on the instructions you post.
How long do I have to put up with all this?
How long till you haul my tormentors into court?
The arrogant godless try to throw me off track,
ignorant as they are of God and his ways.
Everything you command is a sure thing,
but they harass me with lies. Help!
They’ve pushed and pushed—they never let up—
but I haven’t relaxed my grip on your counsel.
In your great love revive me
so I can alertly obey your every word.
And I’m singing…
Be very sure
Be very sure
My anchor holds
And grips the Solid Rock!
In Jesus Name, Amen