I praise You – I don’t remain quiet.
Wicked men speak against me – they speak lies, hatred, accusations.
I am a person of prayer. They repay me evil for good, hatred for friendship, betrayal for love.
Appoint an evil man for the evil man. Send him an accuser, find him guilty, let his prayers condemn him. His days will be few, someone else will take over leadership. His children will be fatherless and wandering beggars. A creditor will seize all he owns and strangers will enjoy the fruits of his labor. No one will have pity or mercy. The family name will be blotted out. God will never forgive him. He never thought of doing a kind deed, but hounded the poor to death. May the curse he put on others return to him.
Deal well with me. Deliver me.
I am poor, needy, wounded, fading away, scorned.
Help me, save me.
Men may curse, but God will bless.
I will extol God and praise Him for He stands at the right hand of the needy one and saves his life from those who condemn him.
I remember finding this psalm when I was recovering from my divorce. Every time I came across it, I would pray it with venom in my voice. But the more I allowed God to heal me and the more I forgave, the less venom and the more pity accompanied my prayer.
“Then the Lord answered Job from the whirlwind.” Job 38:1
What a minute – whirlwind? What whirlwind? I see no mention of a whirlwind before this. (lightbulb comes on)
The whirlwind of events. One minute everything was right in Job’s world, and the next, all was lost. God is in the whirlwind of the events and circumstances of our lives.
The whirlwind of illness and pain. Job was stricken with a painful boil disease over his entire body. God is in the whirlwind of illness and pain.
The whirlwind of emotions. Job laments his situation and his condition. He laments his “friends” who have come to comfort but are no comfort. Sorrow (deep sorrow), impatience, anger, frustration, confusion, discouragement. We experience rapidly changing emotions. God is in the whirlwind of emotion.
The whirlwind of injustice. Job was a victim of Satan’s jealousy and attack, the scorn of his wife, the rejection of his peers, the accusations of his “friends”. God is in the whirlwind of injustice.
The whirlwind of God’s presence and revelation. Sometimes God reveals faster than I can write or type. God is in every whirlwind, but whirlwinds are noisy affairs and in order to hear in one, we have to focus on the voice instead of the whirlwind and we have to listen very carefully. Hush now. Can you hear Him?