Thursday, March 10, 2011

Psalm 102: Things Look Up when we Look UP

Ps 102:12-16 But you, O Lord, sit enthroned forever; your renown endures through all generations. You will arise and have compassion on Zion, for it is time to show favor to her; the appointed time has come...The nations will fear the name of the Lord, all the kings of the earth will revere your glory. For the Lord will rebuild Zion and appear in his glory. NIV

The introduction to Psalm 102 states: A prayer of an afflicted man. When he is faint and pours out his lament before the Lord. Here is a man in great troubles and feels abandoned by God: "For I eat ashes as my food and mingle my drink with tears because of your great wrath, for you have taken me up and thrown me aside" (v.9-10). Sometime, when we are afflicted, we can become so self-absorbed, we end up becoming depressed and feeling hopeless about God and about life.

However, the turning point for the psalmist comes in verse 12: "But you, O Lord, sit enthroned forever; your renown endures through all generations." The moment the psalmist takes his eyes off his own afflictions and focuses on God who is always "enthroned"--always exalted and always victorious--his mood changes from depression to hope. Whenever we feel "down in the blues", we need to pause and focus on where God is now: high and exalted above the frays in the heavens. God is never in defeatist mode. He is always victorious and always showing favour to Zion (spiritual Israel, including the church). God's victory time is always NOW - the moment of deliverance comes when we no longer focus on ourselves, our troubles and our trials but turn our eyes upon Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of our faith: "Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God" (Heb. 12:2). The moment we look UP, things look UP!

Thank You Jesus that You have been exalted to the right hand of God and from there You rule in victory. Help us keep our focus on You, so that we may never be defeated by circumstances, no matter how negative. Amen.

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