Small Potatoes

I’ve been studying Psalm 76 today.  What a cool passage!  It is thought to have been written following the Israelites defeat of Sennacherib (2 Kings 18:13-37).  Throughout the Psalm, YHWH is praised for being the shield and protector of His people!

Verses 8 and 9 of this Psalm really jumped out at me:

From the heavens you uttered judgment; the earth feared and was still, when God arose to establish judgment, to save all the humble of the earth. Selah.  — Psalm 76:8-9 (ESV)

The word humble is the Hebrew word for meek.  It is defined as one who is depressed in mind or circumstance.

When God establishes judgement, he saves those who are depressed in mind or circumstance.

Reminds me a little of something Jesus said on the Mount:

Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. — Matthew 5:5 (ESV)

In the moment of being depressed in mind or circumstance, you are blessed.

Or, to put it in Eugene Peterson’s words:

You’re blessed when you’re content with just who you are–no more, no less.  That’s the moment you find yourselves proud owners of everything that can’t be bought. — Matthew 5:5 (The Message)

See, when we allow God to be the judge, then the focus changes.  All too often, we get wrapped up in our “light and momentary afflictions” and fail to see the hand of God working to turn them into “an eternal glory”.  (2 Corinthians 4:17)

So, when you are downcast…

When you are depressed in mind or circumstance…

When you are at the end of your rope…

Stop and be content with just who you are.

Allow God to work.

Allow God to establish judgment and cause you to inherit the earth.

So we’re not giving up.  How could we!  Even though on the outside it often looks like things are falling apart on us, on the inside, where God is making new life, not a day goes by without his unfolding grace.  These hard times are small potatoes compared to the coming good times, the lavish celebration prepared for us.  There’s far more here than meets the eye.  The things we see now are here today, gone tomorrow.  But the things we can’t see last forever. — 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 (The Message)

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