Psalm 113
6 who stoops down to look
on the heavens and the earth?

This reminds me of the scenery from Acts 7 when Stephen was being persecuted, and it said that Stephen looked up and saw Christ peering down at him, standing and looking down. Perhaps eagerly, and very much involved and aware of what’s going  to his people and his beloved ones.
I think it’s a very comforting feeling and knowledge when we can trust and believe that God is highly involved in our lives and yearn to be.

Recap from Acts 7, David Guzik Commentary:
c. Jesus standing at the right hand of God: It is significant to note Jesus is standing here, as opposed to the more common description of Him sitting (Matthew 26:64; Colossians 3:1) at the right hand of the Father.
i. Why is Jesus standing here? Jesus stands in solidarity with Stephen at this moment of crisis. He does not impassionately react to the problems of His people.
ii. We might also consider that Jesus is standing to give a “standing ovation” to Stephen, whose fate makes him unique among believers. Stephen is the first of all martyrs among the followers of Jesus.

Perhaps that’s some comfort to us, no matter what situation we’re in right now, that Christ is not cold and aloof to us, but passionately involved and aware and engaged.

another versed that touched me:
9 He settles the childless woman in her home
as a happy mother of children.

It seems to say that God will satisfy all the desires and yearning of our hearts and that even the woman with the sufferings of being unable to have a child can have the joys of a mother because God gives joy and content.
I guess that can go to say God can settle the fleeting hearts of the single people, who yearn to date and be in a relationship. And that He can satisfy them wholly and completely. as though a happy mother/wife/girlfriend, God can settle the heart to that extent.
Dunno if sometimes you still get bogged down about the dating thing, but I thought maybe this verse would encourage you, that there’s a promise and a place which says that our God will settle the childless woman as a happy mother. Thus perhaps for our age group/times, it is that God, right now, will settle the single woman’s heart as a happy wife.
I guess it also means for people who are unemployed or unhappy with their jobs, that God can settle their tumultuous hearts and give them joy and peace.
And the hurting people and broken hearts and families.
That God can settle them. This God who stoops down to look at our world, our earth. This Christ that stands and is intently engaged with our situations.

mmm… very encouraging, and very touching, very amazingly comforting and… makes me stare in awe. a bit shaken.


Do you ever get tired of doing the right thing?

Do you ever get tired of doing the right thing? or being the good person?
I sometimes get tired/fed up on it.
Probably because I want to hate on someone or confront someone, and I’m reminded how much God loves me, and how little I love others….. 

Psalms 105 and 106 are similar… in my opinion, where they recount God’s goodness and faithfulness, despite Israel’s disobedience.

In Adult Sunday school, we’re also talking about Joshua and Judges, and how the Israelites start disobeying, at first just a little bit, but that sows the seed of sin, and then eventually it gets so bad, that the people can’t even recognize God when God comes to them… because they are so far from Him.
In the college group that I advise, we’re on Acts, on the chapter of Stephen, and him being stoned to death.  Stephen, in the chapter, also recounts history, and shows them how they and their forefathers always resist the Holy Spirit and kill the ones that God sends.
It’s really weird… I wonder why I’m reading about all the same thing in 3 different places…
Do I resist the Holy Spirit sometimes? Do I do as I please?
I think I do… sometimes I know I should be nice and loving and gracious, but to protect my dignity or my identity, I won’t.
Recently, our women’s small group is learning about being detached, detached from everything, and being attached only to God. It says that no matter what is being threatened, our identity, security, addictions, that we’re able to say, “For the love of Jesus, I will let go.”
I think I struggle with letting go.  I can’t, no… more importantly… I won’t. I refuse to let go because I think that I’ve been offended and that I’ve somehow been threatened. And I want to fight back, defend myself, set the other person straight.
But I want it my way, not God’s way. I’m unwilling to let go of my power and my agenda of getting justice, and letting God. I’m unwilling to let go.
I think this is a reminder that I need to obey God, from the very beginning, and from the smallest parts in my life, so that seeds of disobedience and sin are not sowed into my life, and later become a snare to me.
I also need to stop resisting the Holy Spirit and be willing to think of God and all the Jesus is, and be willing to let go. Even if that means letting someone else lead, even if that means letting someone else win, even if that means taking the hit… unjustly.
But it’s hard, so hard, because that requires me to put myself down. Even when I think I’m right (or even when I really am right), I need to hold my tongue.

An image that has helped me greatly when I was a teenager, but now I’ve forgotten, is the image how Jesus stood before trial, and not responding a single word when false accusations and venom were spit at him. Though he, the Son of God, was at no fault, and could kill them all at once, he made no response.