Sunday, 5 October 2014

Psalm 73

This morning I dreamt about Alan Henning and woke up crying. Recently he was beheaded by IS. He went to give aid in Syria because he wanted to help children. I try not to let the news affect me but this really did. This verse has given me some comfort though so I thought I'd share.

Psalm 73
A psalm of Asaph.

1 Surely God is good to Israel,
    to those who are pure in heart.
2 But as for me, my feet had almost slipped;
    I had nearly lost my foothold.
3 For I envied the arrogant
    when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.
4 They have no struggles;
    their bodies are healthy and strong.
5 They are free from common human burdens;
    they are not plagued by human ills.
6 Therefore pride is their necklace;
    they clothe themselves with violence.
7 From their callous hearts comes iniquity;
    their evil imaginations have no limits.
8 They scoff, and speak with malice;
    with arrogance they threaten oppression.
9 Their mouths lay claim to heaven,
    and their tongues take possession of the earth.
10 Therefore their people turn to them
    and drink up waters in abundance.
11 They say, “How would God know?
    Does the Most High know anything?”
12 This is what the wicked are like—
    always free of care, they go on amassing wealth.
13 Surely in vain I have kept my heart pure
    and have washed my hands in innocence.
14 All day long I have been afflicted,
    and every morning brings new punishments.
15 If I had spoken out like that,
    I would have betrayed your children.
16 When I tried to understand all this,
    it troubled me deeply
17 till I entered the sanctuary of God;
    then I understood their final destiny.
18 Surely you place them on slippery ground;
    you cast them down to ruin.
19 How suddenly are they destroyed,
    completely swept away by terrors!
20 They are like a dream when one awakes;
    when you arise, Lord,
    you will despise them as fantasies.
21 When my heart was grieved
    and my spirit embittered,
22 I was senseless and ignorant;
    I was a brute beast before you.
23 Yet I am always with you;
    you hold me by my right hand.
24 You guide me with your counsel,
    and afterward you will take me into glory.
25 Whom have I in heaven but you?
    And earth has nothing I desire besides you.
26 My flesh and my heart may fail,
    but God is the strength of my heart
    and my portion forever.
27 Those who are far from you will perish;
    you destroy all who are unfaithful to you.
28 But as for me, it is good to be near God.
    I have made the Sovereign Lord my refuge;
    I will tell of all your deeds.


Mònica said...

That's really sad. My prayers go out to him and his family.

samara said...

Hannah, I am sorry and sympathize with you. Sometimes the news is just too much for me as well. And I also love that Psalm - Asaph penned some of my favorites. *virtual hug*

Joanna said...

Ah, I am sorry about Alan Henning, and that it upset you so much. I feel like every day we hear some new horrific thing that ISIS has done, and I wonder if anyone can stop them.

Verse 13 stuck out at me, though, because I felt that this weekend. You know when you hang out with friends, and they do things that you choose not to do, and they make it look so okay that you start to doubt your own convictions. But then you go back to the Word and remember, 'no, this is what I'm supposed to do.' I'm glad for people like David who were so human.

Hannah said...

Thanks for all of the messages everyone. I'm feeling much better now. I still feel terribly sad when I think of what the Henning family must be going through but I know that God is just and that he never stops working. The world just makes me so mad at times!