Psalm 90:5-8, 12
“For we are consumed by your anger; by your wrath we are overwhelmed. You have set our iniquities before you, our secret sins in the light of your countenance.” vss. 7-8
In the wake of the election we’ve seen waves of anger sweeping our country. There have been charges and countercharges, lawsuits filed, along with demonstrations and occasional violent protests. All these are a result of deep-seated resentments and all-consuming wrath. Some are wondering if our elected leaders even have a chance in light of such overwhelming feelings. Perhaps the same sort of feelings were present in the psalmist’s community–it’s certainly very likely. Anger and resentment have been around for a long time. But the psalmist was more interested in considering how God was reacting to the misdeeds of Israel. Just how angry was God with the iniquities that had come to light? How fiercely was his wrath burning at the secret sins of the people? Having been conditioned by the theme of unconditional love that is so regularly heard in our congregations, we tend to downplay any possibility that God might be angry with us. But it just might be that our finger pointing and harsh words are not in line with God’s expectations and are, in fact, kindling God’s anger! If that’s the case we’d better start building bridges in a hurry. This is an opportunity for us to step up and show our true colors–we’ve been created as lovers and not haters–and God’s wrath is nothing to mess with!
Thought for the Day: How do we experience the wrath of God?