I am thankful that in my adult life, I have not had too many episodes where I could really identify with the essence of this Psalm. I can remember my teenage years matching up much more readily, however! In my work with teenagers and young adults, I am often floored by the level of pain and grief that they bear.
Some of you may be enjoying the September bank holiday today... Hopefully it is a time of rest and not mad catching up on things that should have been done before! I am struck by verse 7 in this Psalm: because of God’s love, we can enter his house and worship with deepest awe.
I’ve been thinking a bit about ‘glory’ recently. What does the word conjure up for you, I wonder? We had a look together at John 17 at New Staff Retreat and you can’t read that chapter without encountering the idea of ‘glory’. Jesus prays that he will be glorified, just as he has brought glory to his father on earth.
Last week we thought a little about those who misrepresent us and about how we find our true identity in God’s truth rather than the world’s words. But what do we do with our attitude towards those who would rejoice in our destruction. This Psalm seems to point us in the way of some answers.
As the school term begins, and thoughts turn to restarting SU Groups and other work in schools, I thought I'd share a story from an SU Group leader in my area. She had been encouraged to hear that a girl who had been part of an SU Group she led around fifteen years ago had recently become a Christian!
When was the last time you were misrepresented? When someone shared with the world a picture of you that wasn’t accurate? How often do you feel the scorn of others – convinced that you can never succeed? The world just loves to tell us who we are and what we can and can’t achieve.
As one gap year ends and another begins I have been looking back and reviewing the last year. I remember sitting down at training this time last year with Calum, Kirsty G, Kirsty M and Mark and telling them that their gap year would fly by; I was met with 4 disbelieving faces.
How often do we find ourselves identifying with the theme of the beginning of this Psalm – feeling attacked, under pressure, marginalised The reality is that, as God’s people, we can expect to feel like this until Jesus comes again in glory and every eye and heart recognises him as Lord of all.