Wednesday, November 4th Psalm 27:7-10

Hear, O LORD, when I cry aloud, be gracious to me and answer me! “Come,” my heart says, “seek his face!” Your face, LORD, do I seek. Do not hide your face from me. Do not turn your servant away in anger, you who have been my help. Do not cast me off, do not forsake me, O God of my salvation! If my father and mother forsake me, the LORD will take me up. Psalm 27:7-10

We’ve all done it. We’re not proud of it. We weren’t at our best when we did it. But we’ve all done it.

In the face of conflict with a loved one, rather than taking the time (and the risk) of dealing directly with the conflict and our feelings about it, we have resorted to that age-old trick we picked up sometime after we turned two – we gave the other person the silent treatment.

I hate the silent treatment! I hate receiving it and I hate the feeling I have when I’m the one doing it!

Walking past the other person as if they are not there. Avoiding eye contact…and if a little accidental eye contact happens, giving it that little Clint Eastwoodian squint. Oh that is an awful thing we do to one another!

But we’ve all done it. Even though it has never gotten us anywhere. Even though it doesn’t lead to winning or losing or anywhere in the middle. It just postpones the real relational work that needs to be done. It is a blatant childish manipulative power grab…oh, I hate when I catch myself doing it!

Yet how many times in our lives have we, at least somewhere inside, wondered if that isn’t exactly what God does to us? Is God giving us the silent treatment?

Psalm 27 is a psalm of praise and a song of deliverance from our enemies. It begins and ends with words of confident expectation that God is stronger than any foe or fear. And yet right here, in the above verses, the psalmist speaks of our fears which are stronger than any enemy. Our spiritual, emotional fears which are as numbing and as unnerving as anything a physical enemy could throw our way.

Our fear of rejection, of abandonment, of forsakenness, of receiving the silent treatment from God…

So the writer cries out, “Your face, Lord, do I seek.”

Imagine here that we are standing next to a God who refuses to look at us, a God giving us the silent treatment. Suddenly the pain of such rejection motivates us to do what we would never otherwise have the confidence to do – we reach for God’s head, hands over each ear, and we turn that face toward us like a little toddler in arms will do to her mother.

“Look at me!” we cry. “Look at me! Turn your face to me!”

Then comes the decisive moment. The jumping off point. The place where we either give up the power struggle and open our hearts to one another or we give another Clint Woodian squint and march back to our separate but unequal corners.

Right there we have a choice. My choice is that I’m not going to walk away. I’m going to give up the fight of having it my way but I’m not going to let go. “Look at me! Turn your face to me!” And as we melt together I know the love which binds us is more powerful than anything an enemy could throw at us.

Let us pray: Gracious Lord, we want to know you, not just know about you. We want to feel you, not forget about you. We want a connection with you, as parent and friend, as giver of life, not just giver of gifts. We sense deep inside that to truly know you stills our fears and lifts our faces and enables us to live our lives fully and free. We want to know you, Lord! In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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2 Responses to “Wednesday, November 4th Psalm 27:7-10”

  1. Diana Kluth Says:

    Thank you!

  2. Robin Thomas Says:

    I appreciate you Dr Kerry. Thank you.

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