Wednesday, May 04, 2005

How long?

Psalm 6
Journal entry dated February 24, 2005

"My soul writhes in anguish, but you, O Lord, how long?"

"How long?" is the prayer of those who wait, who wait for a world to be revealed in which the oppressor no longer oppresses, in which enemies are reconciled, in which evildoers cease from the evil of their doings. It is an exclamation of impatience that describes the present situation as unacceptable. This prayer invites us to place ourselves in the heart of the tension between present circumstances and the future Kingdom, to experience the urgency of those who suffer.

To put this in another way, to the extent that we lack this sense of urgency, to that extent we have aligned ourselves with the oppressors and evildoers, to that extent we show ourselves comfortable with the present situation, and therefore as belonging to it.

7 comments:

Johanna said...

Not only belonging to it, but tacitly supporting it.

However, there are many forms that awareness of the urgency can take.

Sampson said...

Dear Johanna,

What are the forms that you can see this urgency taking? What does this urgency look like?

S.

weorwe said...

Hi Sampson,

I can appreciate this interpretation of the urgent "how long." There is a lot of stuff in Scripture about justice and the oppressed, the poor, and the helpless, and crying out to God to bring good judgment on behalf of these, and also crying out against those who are oppressors or negligent.

This particular psalm seems to me to be more personal; and likewise my "how long" is also usually more personal or individual... see my entry today on "Quiet desperation" if you'd like. http://irksomegirl.blogspot.com

weorwe said...

Sampson... you okay? It's been awhile since you've posted...

Sampson said...

Marcy,

Thanks for asking. I'm OK, but am going through a very busy phase right now. I hope to do some posting next week some time.

Thanks for asking.

S.

Johanna said...

Hi Sampson, I havent been ignoring your query to my comment, just do not have enough time right now to respond thoughtfully enough. But I am stewing on it & hope to reply soon. Meanwhile, Norman is in my prayers. Hope you are well.

Sampson said...

Dear Johanna,

Thanks for your prayers. My dad's twin sister passed away this week, so he could really use extra prayers these days.

S.