Archive for March 11th, 2010

Psalm 120

Psalm 120 returns to the short chapters that have made up a majority of the Psalms.  In this chapter our psalmist is “in trouble….desperate for an answer”.  Seems like things are tough on the home front.  He lives in an environment that has two major issues.  People are liars and quarreling.  You ever experience either of those?  The human condition doesn’t really seem to change much does it?  People today have the same tendencies they did back when scripture was penned.  He calls out to God “deliver me from the liars….barefaced liars”.  Do you ever experience these folks.  “They smile so sweetly but lie through their teeth”.  People seem to have adopted the idea that the size of the lie is what matters.  Little white lies are ok.  Lies that “don’t hurt anyone else” are ok.  Information that I don’t share with another that I should, well that is ok.  Is that another form of lying?  When we have information that we are supposed to pass on, or know we should pass on, but choose to keep it to ourselves.  It definitely is not honest communication and I believe a form of lying.  God expects us to communicate honestly.  If we don’t “pointed arrows and burning coals will be your reward”.  God doesn’t think highly of those who can’t tell the truth.  And as we have all heard many times watching TV when they swear people in – the whole truth and nothing but the truth so help me God.  Lying means we don’t tell the whole truth.  It means we manipulate the conversation and communication to fit our needs or motives.  That may mean saying something that is not true, or not saying something that is.  But either is outside God’s design and there is a price to pay for failing to speak truth.

The author also described another circumstance that was a thorn.  “My whole life lived camping among quarreling neighbors”.  Can’t we all just get along?  Obviously not, not then, and not today.  But how about in the little patch you live in?  Are you quarreling there?  With your spouse?  With your kids?  (ok some of the kid thing seems to be part of growing up)  But we tend to live like this most often with those we love right under our roof.  Are you focused on living together peacefully and in joy rather than continually being a thorn.  It seems we often don’t even realize just how quarrelsome we are until someone from the outside points it out to us.  We can’t see the tree for the forest so to say.  But it seems to be a tendency among people, and families in particular, so we need to make change and focus on loving rather than arguing.  Jesus told us the secret.  “Love your neighbor as yourself”.  If we adopt and live that way, the rest will take care of itself.  How will you choose to live?

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