Thursday, January 29, 2009

Psalm 89: Apathy or whatever

Remember how fleeting is my life. For what futility you have created all people! (Psalm 89:47)

Ever feel like your life is futile? ("My life doesn't matter")

Ever get run over by the apathy bug? ("What difference does any of this really make?")

Ever become convinced nothing really matters? ("Who cares!?")

The Psalmist knew what this is like. And worse. He couldn't "find" God:

How long, O LORD? Will you hide yourself forever? (Psalm 89:46)

We all come in contact with these thoughts on occasions.

So what do you do to combat them?

Our spiritual fathers and mothers have taught us that one of the ways to combat such enemies is through the consistent practice of disciplines. Regular times and schedules for prayer and scripture, worship and meditation.

Ask God to help you find some anchors to build into your spiritual life on a regular basis. Over the next couple of months we'll be talking about a variety of ways the people of God have found help to stay true, and be formed into the image of Christ.

And good news, listen to the way the Psalmist ends Psalm 89:

Praise be to the LORD forever! Amen and amen (v52)

May God rekindle and awaken faith in us in times of doubt and struggle.

Grace & peace

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