Thirty-Fourth Day of Lent

Psalm 137

Grief. Sadness. Anger. Vengeance. 
Why is the Psalmist in this position? God has punished sin.

 “Sit in silence, go into darkness, queen city of the Babylonians; no more will you be called queen of kingdoms.  I was angry with my people and desecrated my inheritance; I gave them into your hand, and you showed them no mercy. Isaiah 47: 5-6a.

Have you been there?  Has God punished you? Were you angry with the messenger or did you recognize God’s message in your pain?

Sometimes the messenger like the Babylonians shows no mercy. We want vengeance. The Psalmist here cries out to God to smash the babies’ heads against the rocks. I am thankful I have never experience the horror of war. We see and hear about it in the news. Babies and children suffer not only in war zones but in our country also. 

Why do helpless children suffer?  Isaiah tells us Israel was punished for their sin. The children suffered because of sin.

I say in horror: But God you are sovereign – you can stop this! The children are helpless do something!!!  Jesus said “let the children come to me.” Do something God! Where are you God?

As we have just finished with Christmas and are on the path to the cross my thoughts go to another child –the sinless holy Son of God – born in a manger. He lived a perfect life of good toward man. His life on earth ended on a cross.

Why did an innocent man have to die?  

Just as people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him. Hebrews 9:27-28

In answer to my question: “Where are you God? Do something?” He points to the cross.

I ask myself, do I see the horror of Christ’s death? It was my sin that held Him on the cross.  Instead of asking “Why?” I need to ask instead, “What am I doing to make the world a better place?” 

He must increase I must decrease.  John 3:30

Marlene Swan
Breton, AB