S (Scripture): Psalm 120
Oh, I’m doomed
because I have been an immigrant in Meshech,
because I’ve made my home among Kedar’s tents.
I’ve lived far too long
with people who hate peace.
I’m for peace,
but when I speak, they are for war.
O (Observation): the psalmist speaks of being cast out to a foreign place. In that place of uncertainty, the palmist speaks up for peace, but…the cry for peace returns with cries of war.
A (Application): A simple meditation today. What I did with this text was to simply dwell in vv. 6 and 7. I repeated them, slowly, over and over in my heart.
War doesn’t just mean guns and bombs and land. War can mean being unsettled, being in a prison of one’s own making. The battlefield might be for larger numbers, or more influence, or more stuff.
Hate peace? That’s like living in a constant state of discontent.
I’m for peace. Let’s see how long God grants me peace.
P (Prayer): Lord, peace…is your calling for us all. Help us all to see peace. Amen.