Psalms 5 and 6 are what we call Individual Complaint Psalms. Psalm 3 from yesterday was another example. I have to admit, I struggled through these complaints. I am all about hearing complaints. I know that God loves to hear our complaints much the way he loves to hear anything we have to say, but I'll be honest, I didn't want to hear them. I didn't want to hear the author asking for God to smite his enemies. I didn't want to hear all the violence that was the Psalmist was attributing to God. It made my stomach churn. I read them a few weeks ago while I was sitting with Dad in the hospital room. I'm sure my displeasure had to do with that, but it was hard for me.
It seemed odd to me that God "didn't enjoy wickedness" (5:4) but then God was asked to "condemn them" and to "Let them fail by their own plans. THrow them out for their many sins" (5:10). It was hard to read "Have mercy on me, Lord, because I'm frail. Heal me, Lord, because my bones are shaking in terror" (6:2) in the same breath as "get away from me all you evildoers because the Lord has heard me crying!" (6:8-10)
What do you think? Is it ok that this was a song used in worship? What picture does this paint of God? How would you relate to this God?
Dear God--Hear our cries, no matter how selfish they may be. But, turn our hearts to you, so that all we sing are songs of your praise. So that all we want is the joy of your love. So that all we do is find ways to love your creation and people more--even our enemies. In Your name we pray--Amen!