22 Yet because of you we are killed all day long; we are treated like sheep at the slaughtering block.
23 Rouse yourself! Why do you sleep, O Lord? Wake up! Do not reject us forever!
24 Why do you look the other way, and ignore the way we are oppressed and mistreated?
25 For we lie in the dirt, with our bellies pressed to the ground.
26 Rise up and help us! Rescue us because of your loyal love!
Matthew 28:18 Then Jesus came up and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
O (Observation): The psalmist and the disciples hearing Jesus’ words have something in common: the long, challenging road ahead. The psalmist has experienced the difficulties of being a believer in a world that is full of folks looking out for themselves. The disciples who followed Jesus and received the Great Commission were about to see what disciple-making is like, without Jesus being in their presence.
Both the psalmist and the disciples were faced with great challenges. And yet…
Neither were far from God. Not because of their own doing, but because God doesn’t abandon those who are called to share the Good News of a God who is not of this world…of a God who’s peaceful Kingdom will come one day.
The psalmist recognizes God’s loyal love (Ps 44:26) and the disciples know that Jesus will be with them, even to the ends of the age (Mt 28:20). They know that God is with them, even in their call to witness to God’s Kingdom breaking into this world.
A (Application): So how is it for you?
Where you work? Where you go to school? At home?
Do you sense the challenge of being a disciple in a world that is full of itself? In a world that is scared of terrorists? In a world that thinks might makes right?
Do today’s words help you to know that you are not alone? That other followers of God have experienced the same frustration and angst that you may be feeling right now?
Do you also sense God’s closeness this day, as well? In your breathing? In your time of prayer with me this morning?
God is close! God is merciful! Share that Good News today…not only in word…but in action.
P (Prayer): Lord, help us to know that you are close today. Help us to know that you are with us. Amen.