Regularly in the Psalms, God is questioned and challenged. Sometimes this takes the form of “reminding” or “informing” him of things he should already know about, be bothered by, and has already responded to. For example, like many other laments, Psalm 10 reminds God that the wicked are openly mocking him, declaring that “There is no God!,” and are boasting of their confidence that they won’t ever have to answer to anyone for their deeds. The Psalmist doesn’t get into trouble for his impudence or disrespect. This type of lament and complaint is given to us by God himself as an example of what it means to pray to and worship him. Why? Because sometimes, or maybe often, we wonder, “Where are you God? Do you not see what’s going on? Why haven’t you done something about it?!”
I resonate more and more with the laments in the Psalms. Our world is messed up, increasingly broken, and just downright sinful and wicked. Last Sunday, we considered our existence as exiles of the Dispersion: we are rejected and isolated. This Sunday, and next week in our Daily Worship Devotions, we turn our attention to 1 Peter 1:2. Yes, just one verse! Whereas 1 Peter 1:1 reminded us that we were chosen/elected, verse 2 reminds us that God is still active. Yes, even though the recipients of 1st Peter were suffering persecution and living in a time where following Christ put you in danger of great suffering and even death, God declares that he is still active.
Take some time to reflect and meditate on 1 Peter 1:1-2 and let the beauty and magnitude of the Trinity’s activity encourage you. The Father, the Son, and the Spirit are all active – active in the lives of every single follower of Christ. May the promise of God and the reminder that he has not forgotten you bring peace to your soul. And may the exhortation that we have been set apart for obedience humble and inspire us to ongoing faithfulness.
I look forward to worshiping together with you on Sunday.
Yours in Christ,