Umpqua Connect

Bullies

January 24, 2021 Lonnie Wibberding
Show Notes Transcript

A short devotional on Psalms 123. Want to talk? Send an email to [email protected]

Good Morning! I'm your host Lonnie Wibberding, and you are listening to Umpqua Connect. A daily devotional podcast sent out from the beautiful Umpqua Valley of Southern Oregon.

Today is Sunday, January 24, 2021

The text today is for those of us who have experienced bullying, or have been made fun of, or treated with contempt. It’s not a fun place to be. It’s not fair. It’s not cool when the powerful are mean.

But the author of the passage today has an interesting solution. Rather than fight the bullies who are against him, he appeals to one bigger – God.

Psalms 123 is a Psalm of Ascents. A song to be sung while ascending to God’s temple. This one admits how powerless the one singing is, and just asks for mercy from a loving God.

Psalms 123:1-4 says

1 I lift up my eyes to you,
    to you who sit enthroned in heaven.
2 As the eyes of slaves look to the hand of their master,
    as the eyes of a female slave look to the hand of her mistress,
so our eyes look to the Lord our God,
    till he shows us his mercy.

3 Have mercy on us, Lord, have mercy on us,
    for we have endured no end of contempt.
4 We have endured no end
    of ridicule from the arrogant,
    of contempt from the proud.

Sometimes that’s all we can do. I’m looking to you God. I’m your servant. I don’t have any of my own power, but you God can take care of me. So I ask for your mercy.

And God answers prayers. And God comes through. He always does. We are still here.

1 I lift up my eyes to you,
    to you who sit enthroned in heaven.
2 As the eyes of slaves look to the hand of their master,
    as the eyes of a female slave look to the hand of her mistress,
so our eyes look to the Lord our God,
    till he shows us his mercy.

3 Have mercy on us, Lord, have mercy on us,
    for we have endured no end of contempt.
4 We have endured no end
    of ridicule from the arrogant,
    of contempt from the proud.

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