What about God’s Anger? Learning and Applying Wisdom, 21Aug
Wow, the Psalms were written over the course of 500 years, by multiple authors!
I erroneously thought it was just David… it shouldn’t surprise me, I know little old testament bible history, the bible is so vast that there is no way anyone could know it all, so clearly there is a need to keep studying… and there are so many aspects to the bible, it’s important to know context to help interpret it, like who was writing psalms while they were under stress, who was writing while they were at peace…. I would like to understand the people and their feelings, but first and foremost, I need to understand God, … that’s where wisdom comes in. Thankfully we can always ask for more wisdom.
Here’s more info of the history of the psalms: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psalms
One psalm by Moses, many by David, but odds and ends by others, many not in the modern bible and different cultures kept different ones…
I think it’s interesting that today’s world brushes the concept (and reality) of God’s anger under the rug. Do modern churches not want to scare people? Or do we acknowledge anger more lightly than we should? Perhaps is God more selective showing anger these days? Or since we have Jesus with us, reflected in the distinct separation of old and new testament stories, does that mean that God is less angry now? Hmmm… Or do we just not attribute all aspects of life properly? Maybe we do mix up global correction vs individual corrective action by God… I question to understand more… If God can know every hair on our heads, then He can know how to use His anger purposely and very individually… Anger, rebuttal, teaching, it’s all mixed into life… we need to learn from anger, ours and others, and especially from God’s…. Jesus may feel like a golden ticket of relief, but we still have to walk that very narrow path – fear of the Lord means respect of the Lord – it is better to fear God than be flippant, that’s always true… Pray to listen, we all still need wisdom… wisdom means applying what we know. Fruit grows best on strong branches which know how to hold up the fruit of one’s blessings and give the bountiful crops away to balance – it takes wisdom in life to find balance…
I like how Jesus appreciated wisdom and intelligence, I recently read scripture in Mark detailing the conversation with the scribe. The scribe acknowledged that Jesus knew and taught the most important commandments, to love God and love each other… Peter’s recollections, thru Mark’s writings, saw Jesus’s appreciation of thoughtful intelligence – of wisdom… Now everyone would benefit from more wisdom, wisdom means we can have intelligent conversations with the Lord. We can always have conversations with Jesus walking alongside us… There are hard ways and less hard ways to get wisdom from our past history, so using wisdom for our future is most crucial… Jesus taught for us to live our future.
Moses speaks about wisdom in Psalm 90 – the days are short, we should try to get as much wisdom as we can and use it. We should pray like Moses to get joy by asking the Lord to “establish the works of our hands” – that’s our job – applying wisdom for our future…
Wisdom is to love God and love our neighbors – these are commandments for right now and for the future too…
We need to ask Jesus to help us understand God, that’s a most important first step… wisdom means applying what we know. We know God wants us to apply what we know….
Love is an action. Pray for wisdom to put love into action.
Psalm 90 – A prayer of Moses the man of God.
1 Lord, you have been our dwelling place
throughout all generations.
2 Before the mountains were born
or you brought forth the whole world,
from everlasting to everlasting you are God.
3 You turn people back to dust,
saying, “Return to dust, you mortals.”
4 A thousand years in your sight
are like a day that has just gone by,
or like a watch in the night.
5 Yet you sweep people away in the sleep of death—
they are like the new grass of the morning:
6 In the morning it springs up new,
but by evening it is dry and withered.
7 We are consumed by your anger
and terrified by your indignation.
8 You have set our iniquities before you,
our secret sins in the light of your presence.
9 All our days pass away under your wrath;
we finish our years with a moan.
10 Our days may come to seventy years,
or eighty, if our strength endures;
yet the best of them are but trouble and sorrow,
for they quickly pass, and we fly away.
11 If only we knew the power of your anger!
Your wrath is as great as the fear that is your due.
12 Teach us to number our days,
that we may gain a heart of wisdom.
13 Relent, Lord! How long will it be?
Have compassion on your servants.
14 Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love,
that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days.
15 Make us glad for as many days as you have afflicted us,
for as many years as we have seen trouble.
16 May your deeds be shown to your servants,
your splendor to their children.
17 May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us;
establish the work of our hands for us—
yes, establish the work of our hands.