Monday, Oct 2, 2017. Human life can face trouble. Often, our trouble is caused by human affairs. We live in a community, with different strengths, different priorities, different perceptions … Community can cause trouble. Some of us love to fight, to hit others whenever they like. Others carry out their own type of manipulation. Responsibility, systematic approaches to build something up … there are so many layers of our daily activity. Trouble can come in the middle of all of this … when you are giving your best to move things forward.
The question of who is strong and who has what type of power is one of the underlying questions of any community. The questions of justice is another good question, linked to the question of power. But before we get into a deeper discussion, read Psalm 4:
1 To the choirmaster: with stringed instruments. A Psalm of David. Answer me when I call, O God of my righteousness! You have given me relief when I was in distress. Be gracious to me and hear my prayer! 2 O men, how long shall my honor be turned into shame? How long will you love vain words and seek after lies? 3 But know that the Lord has set apart the godly for himself; the Lord hears when I call to him. 4 Be angry, and do not sin; ponder in your own hearts on your beds, and be silent. 5 Offer right sacrifices, and put your trust in the Lord. 6 There are many who say, “Who will show us some good? Lift up the light of your face upon us, O Lord!” 7 You have put more joy in my heart than they have when their grain and wine abound. 8 In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety. (Psalm 4)
One of the key features of David's character is that he is searching for the justice of the eternal God, the Lord. He is searching the deep joy which God gives. God is the God of full truth, of deep love, of service and support, of clarity, of appreciation and honour.
The honor which God gives is a special kind of honor. We can see it in the life of Jesus. He takes humans serious. He honours everyone - from the poor widow to all the fishermen and women around him. The honour he gives is not linked to money, nor to power. It is linked to humanity. It is given to recognize the dignity and value each and every human is given by the eternal Lord.
Men can love vain words. They might love to exercise power, to be cruel to each other or do dwell in the feeling of being on top. But all this will not lead to humanity, to become a human. David prays, in a situation where he seems to be crushed, to be held down. He talks about trusting the Lord, trusting that God will help, that God is in power after all.
We are invited to turn to the Lord with our trouble. Let us search our honor in him, to be human the way he wanted humans to be from the very beginning. He wants us to share his truth, his love, his dedication, his clarity, his service, his appreciation and his honor. This is a fantastic way to go! (Roland Potthast) ... more texts