Silence and Alliance…

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“In your anger do not sin; when you are on your beds, search your hearts and be silent.”    Psalm 4:4

 Anger, frustration and agitation often find their source in inner wounds. Aristotle noted that:

“man, when perfected, is the best of animals, but when separated from law and justice, he is the worst of all”,

indicating the terrible potential we possess to inflict hurt on one another. Our words betray our inner scars as we justify in the subtlest of ways how we became a hero or victim; how we trampled on or were trampled over. Out of the overflow of the heart the mouth so often speaks.

Anger, gossip and moaning are the most easily observable but even the most sophisticated theology can be tainted by inner pain and abuse. These feelings need to be released and we all need an ear or a platform. Strong emotions often bubble up like stew in a pressure cooker and we find ourselves waking up in the night with a head full of anxious thoughts ready to explode. This is when it is very easy and natural to sin! We can be so desperate to get some release that even wallowing in the mud with the pigs seems preferable to pain. The journey to addiction begins for many. How many works and churches have divided because the anger of the midnight hour was channeled into the criticism of a brother or sister, crucifying charity and embracing paranoid lies?

Don’t choose sin! Search your heart with your heavenly comforter. Persevere in silent communion with Jesus rather than opting for the cheap release that the abundance of words or activities brings.

In one line –

“Learn to meditate deeply on the healing word of the Lord.”

 Many of our problems find their source in an abandonment of the warm relation with God’s Holy Living Word. On a cold day in the north of France I love to come home and sit in front of our warm fire. It brings me peace and relaxation. In the same way the word of God is a fire to our cold hearts. We must learn to bask daily in its warmth. Practice silence and God’s Word rather than the noise of your own words and explanations for everything.

God calms us down with His love.

 The LORD your God is with you, he is mighty to save.He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love,he will rejoice over you with singing.” Zeph 3:17

He heals us and brings us to the place of security and satisfaction.

 My heart is not proud, O LORD, my eyes are not haughty; I do not concern myself with great matters or things too wonderful for me.  But I have stilled and quieted my soul; like a weaned child with its mother, like a weaned child is my soul within me. O Israel, put your hope in the LORD both now and forevermore. Psalm 131

God calms us down to speak His promises into our lives. His promise is more than just words. It is a covenant, an alliance based on an indestructible love relation. Jesus took the Jewish Passover cup and proclaimed:

“Drink from it all of you. This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.”

Drink deep from the covenant promises. This is a vast field of study but I’d like to simply encourage you to meditate on two “Alliance” words from Isaiah 54:10.

Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,” says the LORD, who has compassion on you.

 Hesed and Shalom.  Peace and love before John Lennon! Look up the wider meaning of these words if you can. Solidarity, loyalty and friendship. Nothing missing; nothing broken!

I’ll leave the last words to the erudite renditions of messieurs Henry and Gill.

 “but my kindness shall not depart from thee; the love of God to his people is an everlasting love; it always continues; it never did, nor never will depart, notwithstanding their fall in Adam, their depraved state by nature, their actual sins and transgressions, their many revoltings and backslidings; though the Lord may hide his face from them, and afflict them, still he loves them; whatever departs from them, his kindness shall not; though riches may flee away from them, friends stand aloof off from them, health may be taken away, and life itself, yet the love of God is always the same; and so, whatever providences may attend his church and interest in any period of time, he has the same paternal care for it, and kindness for his people, as ever:”    Gill

“Therefore the covenant is immovable and inviolable, because it is built not on our merit, which is a mutable uncertain thing, but on God’s mercy, which is from everlasting to everlasting.”  M. Henry

May you be blessed in the midst of your many revoltings!

 

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