Psalm 83: 1-2
O God, do not keep silence;
do not hold your peace or be still, O God!
Even now your enemies are in tumult;
those who hate you have raised their heads.
While it’s not my general habit, I often, in the morning, will turn on the news to find out what’s going on in the world. On this lazy Saturday morning, that was my practice. Yet with the news in one ear, and now this text in the other, I find myself falling on my knees and crying out once again, “Come, Lord Jesus. Come.”
At all angles of life it seems that evil pervades. Lives are lost in senseless acts; natural disasters bury communities and generations of families; injustice often rises above justice; lies win out truth; famine, violence, and war are the norm; and evil seems to go unpunished. Come, Lord Jesus. Come.
For 17 verses, the writer of Psalm 83 calls upon the name of the Lord to beat the enemy down; to show the Lord’s strength. To act! But it seems to fall on God’s deaf ears.
There was a time, a short time ago, when I remained vigilant. Erect, with arms waving high, crying out at the injustices of the world, standing up for the forgotten, the mistreated, the rejected – the ones living on the margins of society. But my heart, mind and soul grew weary over the never ending mountains of brokenness, and now, I fear, my heart grieves only silently. Is it possible, friends, to become complacent to the ongoing litany of destruction in the world? I believe my heart aches for my heart, now, which aches for the pulse of the world.
And in times like these, it’s easy to believe that God is silent; still. As Martha and Mary both proclaimed, “If you’d only been here, Jesus, our brother would not have died.”
So where to go with this profound sense of hopelessness for the world?
To the last verse of the Psalm, verse 18:
“Let them know that you alone,
whose name is the Lord,
are the Most High over all the earth.”
Perhaps all that’s needed is to hear again that still small voice deep within my heart, casting a flicker of light and hope, reminding me to once again have faith and believe and to make known that this God, this God of great power and majesty, this God who alone Creates, Redeems, and Sanctifies all creation, is the Most High over all the earth. Period. Amen. And there’s nothing still about that.