The Tough Path
Lord, You have carried all my pain and sorrow. You have walked the way of suffering so I may gain peace. Thank You.
Are you willing to suffer for Jesus?
I am writing this during Holy Week, so it is not surprising that the suffering of the psalmist strikes me in a fresh way. The theme of the believer living in an alien and hostile world is common in this psalm. Notice the response to the arrogant (51,69,70) with their verbal attacks and physical assaults (61) and the deep sense of personal suffering (50,71). Yet the writer continues to trust in the Lord and his "ancient" laws on a 24/7 basis (55,62). Jesus himself experienced all this throughout his life, but much more acutely in his final days. He, of course, had not gone astray (67) and did not deserve the punishment inflicted on him, yet he walked the path of obedience and sought his Father's face with all his heart.
Such alienation may be familiar to you or to someone you know. Those who follow Christ have opted for the narrow road, the tough path of obedience. What comfort or reassurance does the psalmist offer you?
Reflect on Christ's humiliation and how you experience derision (in a much lesser way) because of your trust in him.
My beloved King, thank You that You speak. Your voice is life to me. I am listening.
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