Clutching our coffee cups during a friendly chat the other day, my friend said that years ago she pulled her car off the road and wept when she heard the results of a certain election. She was sure the outcome was going to be devastating. Disbelief, foreboding, and grief overtook her. I was amazed that I’d had the very same feelings after a different election, one that she would have rejoiced over. Opposing views – but the same reaction.
Our conversation revealed to me that no matter what our perspective is, we all carry fear of injustice, deceit, vulnerability, and oppression.
“Vindicate me, O God, and defend my cause against an ungodly people, from the deceitful and unjust man deliver me! For you are the God in whom I take refuge … Why do I go about mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?” (Psalm 43:1-2 ESV).
The psalmist then asks God to send his light and truth to lead him. How can we go wrong if we’re following God’s light and truth?
“Send out your light and your truth. Let them lead me. Let them bring me to your holy hill and to your dwelling. Then I will go to the altar of God, to God my exceeding joy, and I will praise you with the lyre, O God, my God” (verses 3-4).
Once again the writer of a psalm brings it all back to that place of praise to God. With him is safety and truth and joy.
by Kathy Sheldon Davis