1 Give ear to my prayer, O God ; And do not hide Yourself from my supplication. 2 Give heed to me and answer me; I am restless in my complaint and am surely distracted, 3 Because of the voice of the enemy, Because of the pressure of the wicked ; For they bring down trouble upon me And in anger they bear a grudge against me. 4 My heart is in anguish within me, And the terrors of death have fallen upon me. 5 Fear and trembling come upon me, And horror has overwhelmed me.
I realized yesterday why there are so many psalms where the psalmist is asking God for help, deliverance, to destroy enemies, etc. No, it wasn't because I suddenly had some bad guys coming after me. In fact, my rather uneventful life is part of the reason I wondered why David and the others complained so much to God about their lives.
Then, as I was scrolling through FaceBook I saw several who posted about a pastor in Iran. Iran pastor facing execution The pastor, Yousef (also spelled Youcef) Nadarkhani, was sentenced to death in 2010 for converting from Islam to Christian in a case that began in 2009.
Suddenly my worries about high gas prices don't seem to be very important. So I decided today that from now on, when I read one of the psalms where the psalmist is complaining about the wicked who pursue him, rather than just casually reading it and thinking about David being pursued by Paul, yet again, I will instead, spend a moment thanking God for a country where I am free to follow Christ without fear and then I will pray for pastor Nadarkhani and our brothers and sisters in Christ who live in Muslim countries, communist countries and other such places where they risk their lives to follow Christ.
"Oh, that I had wings like a dove ! I would fly away and be at rest." v.6 What a beautiful picture and it is my prayer that they will find rest.
When I was young - like in High School - our adult choir sang a beautiful song based on v.22. It was written by Dr. C. L. Bass, one of my Dad's friends. In fact they worked together at FBC, Borger, TX in the mid 1960s. They were friends in college at Oklahoma Baptist University. Dr. Bass taught music theory at OBU for many years and then taught at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Maybe he still does.
So I found the song on YouTube recorded in 2010. It's a beautiful setting of a beautiful verse.