Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Gods Glory in Loving Enemies… Psalm 3

Psalm 3 enters into the darkness of real life. Like fling open the door and finding your bed filled with dirty sheets and infidelity like my poor Grandfather once did, Psalm 3 strips the Disneyness of life and reveals the pain of having enemies. Do we have enemies in life? We all do not like to think about enemies surrounding us, but if we are honest, we recognize the enemies we have. These enemies are all around and sometimes look glare at us in the mirror. How to escape these foes? Do we have a platoon of angels to slay our enemies and make them pay for the pain the caused?

Jesus calls us to love our enemies and that is his Glory. In Psalm 3, the call is to look beyond the enemies surrounding us and look to the Glory of God. We are called to make our homeless in his Glory and then God will deliver us from our enemies. And yet, the Glory comes from Jesus loving those very enemies, in reality all of us including me, and taking on the cross for their sake. We, to our chagrin, are called to rise beyond our hate and to lay down our perchance for violence and love those that despise us. We, of course, want to wallow in our hate of our enemies. To wallow in hate is like a stink bug lowering his head and aim his backside to pollute in self protection. The shoe will still crunch us in our hate. God call us to love our enemies.

The Glory of God comes through the Cross and through Jesus rises beyond the Cross to Easter. To make our home in the Glory of God means to trust this truth as people go at us for we will all have enemies. To make our home with Jesus means to transcend our own need for vengeance, for vengeance is the Lord’s, and to live in love and take the cross that comes with it trusting in the coming Easter. When I am attack for my faith in Jesus or because of my disfigurement or because of my Mexican heritage or because I believe they way Jesus does that Greed is not Good and a Nation that stands on Greed will fail to find God’s Grace, I remember Jesus words and think of how to love and how to turn my bitter heart toward Jesus and his Glory. For to love those that despise you makes the spooning up an egg to the top of Mount Everest with nothing more that flip flops and a bathing suit seem more possible by comparison.

But with Jesus and his strong hands, even kneading and softening of my coal hard rock of a heart becomes possible. Psalm 3 proclaims the trust in Gods hands and I place my life in those hands. For in his Glory I discover love, love God, love of my wife, love of Tito, of those who call me an idiot for voting as I do, for those who hate Mexicans like me out of fear, and love for the sun rising in the morning as I walk to work.

A psalm of David. When he fled from his son Absalom.

Lord, how many are my foes!
    How many rise up against me!
Many are saying of me,
    “God will not deliver him.”[b]
But you, Lord, are a shield around me,
    my glory, the One who lifts my head high.
I call out to the Lord,
    and he answers me from his holy mountain.
I lie down and sleep;
    I wake again, because the Lord sustains me.
I will not fear though tens of thousands
    assail me on every side.
Arise, Lord!
    Deliver me, my God!
Strike all my enemies on the jaw;
    break the teeth of the wicked.
From the Lord comes deliverance.
    May your blessing be on your people.

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