thurs a.m 29 April

11b  … or he will be angry, and you will perish in the way;
   for his wrath is quickly kindled.

       Happy are all who take refuge in him.

HP returns to “anger” and “wrath” in the last half of the final verse of Psalm 2.

Of course I have no idea how he intended these words to be taken. What I do know is that, life is so organized that when I refuse to “serve the Lord with fear,” I feel as if I am living in a world that is characterized by “anger” and “wrath.”

I suffer and I bring brokenness into the world. HP may attribute this to the “anger” or the “wrath” of God. I see it simply as a description of reality. When I resist the humbling gesture of kissing God’s feet, I unleash powers of darkness and destruction in my life. When I fail to honour the transcendent forces of life, truth, beauty and love that I use the word “God” to describe, I live with broken shards of glass tearing my heart. I break human community and harm creation. Life feels angry and jagged.

But even HP does not stop with the harsh reality that I often introduce into the world. He adds one small caveat at the end of verse 11, assuring me that “Happy are all who take refuge in” the Lord. (as an aside – it is curious to think of taking “refuge” in an all-powerful force that is characterized as anger and wrath)

To “take refuge in the Lord” is the antidote to speculation fear. When I “take refuge in the Lord” I settle into that place within my innermost being that trusts that, no matter what stories may be spinning in my brain, they are only stories and, if I trust in the processes of life, I will find my way eventually to a place of prospering and goodness.

What are the practices in my life that help me to find that place of rest and trust within myself?

Lord, let me know the blessedness of trusting in you, for you are “merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.” (Psalm 103:8)