Apr 21st 2021 · Day 111
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Perhaps the first thing we notice in Psalm 120 is that in 3,000 years of ‘progress’, some things haven’t changed. The psalm suggests the writer is being lied about, misrepresented, surrounded by people who wish him harm, all unfairly. Sound familiar? Ever been there?
What separates a follower of Jesus from others is not that they do not experience pain, disappointment, unfair treatment, misrepresentation, suffering or hardship, but what they do with it when they do experience it.
‘In my distress I called to the Lord, and he answered me’ (Psalm 120:1).
Today you may not be exempt from some form of hurt; but where will you take it? Often in the workplace, at home and even in church, someone will react disproportionately to something that we may have said or done. Why? Because they are carrying hurt from a previous set of circumstances. We have probably done the same.
Some take their hurt and the unfairness they feel to other people for sympathy and comfort. Others still look to what becomes addictive behaviour for comfort and temporary release. We often hear the phrase ‘hurt people, hurt people’. Hurt, especially unfair or what we perceive to be undeserved, can drive very destructive behaviour.
Today we have an opportunity to erase past pain and hurt. We can lay it at the feet of Jesus. The psalmist took his hurt to God, and God responded.
If you have ever walked with a heavy backpack, you will know what great relief is found when you take it off. The message of Psalm 120 is simple – If you are carrying a heavy load of hurt, let go and let God!
Pause and reflect: Spend some time laying any hurt and pain at the feet of Jesus. If you find it overwhelming, think about praying with someone you trust, who can perhaps journey with you as you ask God to help you.
Alan and his wife Paula have been a part of Victory Church since 2016. They have served in a number of different ministries and locations during that time. They are both also a part of Prayer Centre Wales and share the passion for prayer to return to the heart of the nation.
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