Who stood up for me against the wicked? Who took my side against evil workers? If God hadn’t been there for me, I never would have made it. The minute I said, “I’m slipping, I’m falling,” your love, God, took hold and held me fast. When I was upset and beside myself, you calmed me down and cheered me up. Psalm 94:16-19 Message
Have you ever experienced injustice or seen it happen to someone you love? There’s nothing that lights me up like watching someone be falsely accused, to see a friend be fired for something someone else was responsible for but wouldn’t come forward to claim responsibility.
As I was reading this entire Psalm and listened to Davids heart as he poured out his cry against injustice, it reminded me that it’s okay to be upset about something, but to always land on the reminder of where our help comes from; the Lord. The minute we start slipping and don’t cry out for help, we continue to be more self-aware then aware of God.
Not only did David allow God to rescue Him, he allowed the peace of God to calm him and the joy of God to cheer him up. The peace of God may not rule in the world, but it can rule in our hearts. Jesus said, “Don’t let your heart be troubled or afraid!” How do we exchange trouble for peace? It’s a position found only in knowing who we are. Once we are confident of that, no amount of trouble can move us.
So when does the joy come flooding in? It’s the moment when the injustice we saw shrinks down in size to a tiny ant and we see how easy it is to crush it. It becomes laughable, really. When you think it was such a big deal yet our capable God takes it down to size and then uses it for our good. To watch the evil become a blessing in our life instead of the curse we felt moments earlier.
I’m singing for joy, Father! “It’s bubbling, it’s bubbling, it’s bubbling in my soul. There’s singing and dancing since Jesus made me whole. Folks don’t understand it, nor can I reason why! It’s bubbling, bubbling, bubbling, bubbling, bubbling day and night!” I will walk in Your peace today regardless of what things look like around me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.