Verse of the Week: Psalm 37:7-9

Verse of the WeekPsalm 37:7-9  Be still in the VOW_Girl_BrownCappresence of the Lord, and wait patiently for him to act. Don’t worry about evil people who prosper or fret about their wicked schemes. Stop being angry! Turn from your rage! Do not lose your temper – it only leads to harm.  For the wicked will be destroyed, but those who trust in the Lord will possess the land.

Behind the curtain:  If you’ve been behind_curtainreading SoiledWings for a while, following me…first let me say thank you.  Your loyalty means more than I can express. Second, you know I follow the posts of an Atheist’s blog.  The first time I mentioned this was here.  So here’s the scoop, I felt he was successful and I am not.   Summary: bad wins, I suck.

See, I was doing my weekly blog catch-up and read an interesting post by the Atheist.  He claims that Christians are ‘afraid’ of Atheists.  Hummm, good to know – I didn’t know I was supposed to be afraid.  Let me state for the record that I am unafraid of any religion or lack thereof, although I am afraid of evil cults because the unseen spirit world is alive and well.

Anyways, then I get to reading the comments for the post.  I see the number 138; my heart drops.  It doesn’t drop because so many people want to weigh in on the topic; discussion is good, healthy.  What makes me fall into a pit is comparison.  While I have few to no comments for the week, he gets 138 comments on just one post.  Okay, I know I’m not the most popular of blogs, nor is Christianity wildly embraced.  But 138 verses 0, really?  My mind INSTANTLY says “God this is not fair.  I pray for growth in this ministry.  I keep writing and plugging away and ‘______’ gets all that response and following!??!  How on Earth is this fair?  God are you going to use me, or did I get it all wrong?”

I sit at my desk and struggle with this; I pray a little and then turn to scripture for an answer.  I fully believe the hurt in my heart was to sent to God by the Holy Spirit, because I couldn’t express how much hurt and discouragement I felt (Romans 8:26 “…the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express.”)  And, I’ll tell you what, God does not fail.  In the oddest way I was led to my Verse of the Week:  Psalm 37:7-9 .  I’m not sure I had ever seen this verse before…or if I had, I saw it with new eyes.

Psalm 37:7-9  Be still in the presence of the Lord, and wait patiently for him to act. Don’t worry about evil people who prosper or fret about their wicked schemes. Stop being angry! Turn from your rage! Do not lose your temper – it only leads to harm.  For the wicked will be destroyed, but those who trust in the Lord will possess the land.

PS UPDATE:  if you really want your noodle flipped (great quote from the Matrix), I wrote this post on 9-25-09, just waited to post (pacing) till now… and I didn’t even have it in my head that “Anger” was going to be talked about on 9-27-09 at RHCC.  How does God keep doing this stuff ?!?!

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4 thoughts on “Verse of the Week: Psalm 37:7-9

  1. Controversy always sparks debate and comments. The fear that someone might be eternally lost overtakes the shy or reserved reader and moves them to action (comments). The honesty in blogging about these atheistic feelings shows openness that gets interpreted as hope which again invites comments.

    When a blog says what people already believe the most you can hope for is a “great job” or “amen sister”. By nature, devotional writing gets fewer comments from people that think the way you think. Try writing that Jesus was not born of a virgin, and you’ll get comments. Tell people that you’re thinking about quitting and you’ll get comments.

    A better barometer for you should be the amount of hits…even though the atheist will get tremendously more, you can see how many people are reading you when you post. Of course, if you want comments, just be more controversial…I’m sure you’ve never been that before!

    Bro

  2. YOU have an amazing gift! The people you are reaching are affected in a great way by your thoughts and transparency. I know that this blog will grow with time, but don’t discount the difference you are making in the people’s lives who are already reading it. The first thing I do every morning when I get to work is check my email hoping that I have a new post waiting from you.

    Like I told you when you first started the blog and shared your desire to be published, I truly feel that God has BIG things in store for you, and we both know that he will not let all your talent go to waste!

    Love you my sister! See you at Impact. ♥♥♥

  3. Your brother said what I was thinking (and probably said it better than I would have!). You’re “preaching to the choir” for most of us and we’re nodding our heads and thinking “yup, that’s right.” The other guy probably says provoking things that people want to argue with him about! Plus, a lot of people probably don’t want to put their thoughts “out there” for everyone to read, but we sure appreciate that YOU do!

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