I had the wonderful privilege to pray last Wednesday as the House of Representatives opened their session. After my prayer, a particular legislator sought me out, thanked me for the prayer, asked me to keep praying, and said: “People are weary.”
That is a great description of many people today. Indeed, people are weary.
That’s what I see in Psalm 120. Think about these lines from verses 5-7.
5 What misery that I have stayed in Meshech,
that I have lived among the tents of Kedar!
6 I have lived too long
with those who hate peace.
7 I am for peace; but when I speak,
they are for war.
The Psalmist is weary. He is weary with life. He is drained. He longs for peace, but cannot find it.
So, what do we do when we are weary? Do we give up? Are we to be like Elijah who after defeating the gods of Baal on Mount Carmel was chased by Jezebel seeking his life? Elijah sat down underneath a tree, begged for God to take his life, and said, “I have had enough, Lord.” Have you ever had enough?
God did not let Elijah get away with that, and I don’t think He is going to let us get away with that.
In Psalm 120:1, we see an amazing, yet simple resolution to the Psalmist’s distress and call. God answered. And He answers today. He answers us in worship. That is why we must make much of worship. There will be times where we feel so far away, but we must worship anyway! He answers us in His Word. Does God speak today? He has spoken in His word. There will be times when we feel so away from God that we will not want to have anything to do with His word. Read anyway!
This post is based on the message “When Life Gets You Down, Look Up!” which you can watch at www.fbclaf.org/video.
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