Listen, God! Please, pay attention!
Can you make sense of these ramblings,
my groans and cries?
King-God, I need your help.
you’ll hear me at it again.
I lay out the pieces of my life
on your altar
and watch for fire to descend.
You don’t socialize with Wicked,
or invite Evil over as your houseguest.
Hot-Air-Boaster collapses in front of you;
you shake your head over Mischief-Maker.
God destroys Lie-Speaker;
Blood-Thirsty and Truth-Bender disgust you.
And here I am, your invited guest—
I enter your house; here I am,
prostrate in your inner sanctum,
Waiting for directions
to get me safely through enemy lines.
Every word they speak is a land mine;
their lungs breathe out poison gas.
Their throats are gaping graves,
their tongues slick as mudslides.
Pile on the guilt, God!
Let their so-called wisdom wreck them.
Kick them out! They’ve had their chance.
But you’ll welcome us with open arms
when we run for cover to you.
Let the party last all night!
Stand guard over our celebration.
You are famous, God, for welcoming God-seekers,
for decking us out in delight.
– Psalm 5 MSG
Have you ever been in this place? A place where you are calling out to God…asking for His attention. Where is He? Does He not notice? Does He not care?
But then, out of nowhere, you find yourself an invited guest into His house…but not only His house, but the inner chambers (a place usually only reserved for close family and deep friends). WOAH!
How’s that for a response for being seen and known?
He invites us to sit and stay – wait for His instruction and command…
David’s heart in this Psalm makes me chuckle. I can almost see him in my mind relaxing in the inner courts with God…and saying the things like “DUDE GOD MAKE THE GUILT SO CRAZY ON THEM! MAKE THEM MISERABLE!” while he himself was just claiming that he was miserable without God’s attention. David is a funny cat.
Anyways – be encouraged today. You have a standing invite with God…in His house. You can come and rest, sit in His presence any time…waiting on a word of instruction, encouragement, or whatever you may need. His riches never end. His mercy is everlasting…lean in to that today.
Amen, and shalom.