Wow. Ok, kind of heavy and direct, right? Did you find yourself relating to the message? Perhaps, like me, you have had accusations of something (true or not), and have had what seems like a weight, or a grey drizzly cloud hanging over you, casting shadows wherever you go. I definitely prefer sunshine to lingering, ominous clouds. It is only by shifting my focus from the shadow - whether real or perceived - to God, that I can return to the light. When in an awful circumstance, have you ever found that the more you try to “fix it”, or get out of it, matters seem to get worse? Charles Stanley wrote in “The Reason for My Hope” that the “more you attempt to control; the less control you feel you have.” Verse 27 is the pull-cord of this Psalm, that makes that cloud go poof and brings rays of sunlight: “Let them know that it is your hand, that you, O Lord, have done it.” When we acknowledge God in all circumstances, good and bad, true and false, He will be there with us. Sure, circumstances may feel super uncomfortable for a time, but He will get us through if we can keep focus on Him, on all that He is capable of doing, and all that He wants to do - which is all for the glory of His name. Jesus was also accused of horrible things and was able to set the most incredible example of strength, extending forgiveness - even as he hung dying - under a darkened sky. Praise the Lord that we can cry out honestly of how we feel, what we might wish to be done, but then acknowledge God’s omnipresence and power and control in all life’s situations and forgive.
3 Month Reading Plan - Psalms 110-112