Living in Exile - 2/5/21

Living in Exile - 2/5/21

Friday, February 5, 2021

Psalm 130:5-6 (MSG)

I pray to God—my life a prayer—

    and wait for what he’ll say and do.

My life’s on the line before God, my Lord,

    waiting and watching till morning,

    waiting and watching till morning.

In the words of Eugene Peterson

Such are the two great realities of Psalm 130: suffering is real; God is real. We will cry from the depths and our cry will be heard. Suffering is a mark of our existential authenticity; God is proof of our essential and eternal humanity. We are to wait and watch, and through this will find hope. This means going about our assigned task of suffering with the knowledge that God will provide the meaning and the conclusions.

When we suffer we attract counselors as money attracts thieves. Everybody has an idea of what we did wrong to get into this situation and also how to get out. But what we truly need is hope; hope from God. We need to know that suffering is part of what it means to be human and not something alien. We need to know where we are and where God is. We need to know that God understand and cares about our suffering.

Prayer

Lord we stand before you with our pain, failures, and mistakes. We have fallen short in thought, word and deed. We recall your enduring love. We count on your continuing grace. We look forward to your redemption. Heal us. Restore us. Encourage us. Amen.

Keep the Faith ~ Pastor Art

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