One of the things I like to do as I read the scriptures is write down just one thing, one quick takeaway from the section. For me, it’s a process that helps me move from simply reading the Word to allowing the Word to read me.
It’s a simple practice that anybody can do, it helps to reinforce what I’ve read, and it gives me an opportunity to engage with what the Holy Spirit might be trying to teach me.
This is my “quick thought” from today’s reading in Psalms 93-95.
“But the Lord is my fortress; my God is the mighty rock where I hide.” ~Psalms 94:22
He’s our rock and fortress!
Nobody knows who wrote Psalms 94, but their resolve to trust the Lord in spite of extreme difficulty is evident. We see that in the midst of pain, hardship, corruption, injustice, and a desire for vengeance, God is still “the rock & fortress.” It’s this unimaginably deep trust rooted at the core of the Psalmist that amazes me!
When widows, foreigners, and orphans are murdered, the Psalmist still trusts the Lord as their “rock & fortress.”
When others shout “God doesn’t care,” “God doesn’t listen,” and when doubt washes over us like a raging torrent, the Psalmist still trusts the Lord as their “rock & fortress.”
When corrupt leaders condemn the innocent and celebrate injustice, the Psalmist still trusts the Lord as their “rock & fortress.”
When the people of God are crushed, the Psalmist still trusts the Lord as their “rock & fortress.”
In everything, the Psalmist trusts in the true justice of the Good Judge who see all, knows all, and will enact perfect justice at the perfect time. When the Psalmist wants nothing more than to take revenge for clear and obvious injustice, they continue to trust in the Lord who says, “it is mine to avenge.” The Psalmist gives they own desire for vengeance over to the Lord and continues to trust in their “rock & fortress,” because God is still the ultimate Good Judge who sees all, not us!
And, this Good Judge would one day appear himself and live the life of a foreigner with a widowed mother. One day, people would despise, reject, and mock the God of all creation to his face. One day corrupt leaders would unite in their distain for his form of perfect justice. One day the Good Judge, Jesus, would be “crushed for our iniquities.”
Jesus is our rock, our fortress, he is the one who enacts perfect justice in all things, and he is worthy of our deep rooted trust.
This is what I heard in today’s reading, what did you hear?
#Deuteronomy32:35 #Isaiah53:5 #Luke23:12 #John1:10 #John1:14