Numbers 16:41-18:32, Mark 16:1-20, Psalms 55:1-23, Proverbs 11:7
Today is the 12th day of March. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I’m Brian. It is my joy and honor and privilege to come around this global campfire together with you. I’ve thrown a couple brand-new big logs on. We’ve got a roaring light and warmth here. And, so, we just took come in out of whatever’s going on, day or night, out of the cold and out of the dark and warm ourselves around this global campfire as we feel one another’s presence. The fact of the matter is that whenever we listen to the Daily Audio Bible we are not listening to it alone. It doesn’t matter what time of day were doing it. So, here we are around the global campfire ready to take the next step. The next step will take us back into the book of Numbers and some of the chaos that’s brewing as is the children of Israel get their minds around the fact that they’re not going into the promised land, that they’re going to be in the desert for a generation. We’ll pick that story backup today, Numbers chapter 16 verse 41 through 18 verse 32 today.
Okay. So, being betrayed by somebody, especially somebody we trust and hold close, that can be such a profoundly damaging thing to our heart, right, because it touches everything, especially if we love that person. And that betrayal can change the course of our lives. And if you’ve ever experienced this then you know what I’m talking about. And the fact is that at one point or another during our lives you probably experience some form of the trail and usually when we’re going through that it feels like we’re the only one in the world going through it. So, let me just read a couple excerpts from our reading in Psalms today. “My heart is in anguish within me, the terrors of death fallen upon me, fear and trembling come up on me and horror overwhelms me. Ruin is in its midst. Oppression and fraud do not depart from its marketplace. For it is not an enemy who taunts me then I could bear it. It is not an adversary who deals insolently with me, then I could hide from him. It is, you, my equal, my companion, my familiar friend, his speech was as smooth as butter, yet war was in his heart. His words were softer than oil, yet they were drawn swords.” Okay. So, I mean we’re getting to know David’s heart through the Psalms, even though we haven’t met David in the Bible yet, although we will. And David wrote this. So, obviously these kinds of feelings have been going on for thousands of years. And David wasn’t just a king. He was a well respected poet and musician. And, so, often what we find in the Psalms is like a masterful articulation of the issues that we find in our hearts, but we don’t exactly know how to give language to them. And the Psalms gives us language and we can say something out loud. This is how it feels, or this is what I’m facing. Well, then it’s exposed, it’s not this nebulous dark cloud anymore. It’s a clear obstacle, but we can see it. And in this case David’s talking about betrayal and his words are like a hand reaching out over time offering solidarity, hope. And as David reached a crescendo of this particular Psalm, this song, where his hope lies becomes clear in the midst of the madness. And may we hold onto this and may it come clear in the midst of ours. “I call to God and the Lord will save me. Evening and morning and at noon I utter my complaint and moan and He hears my voice. He redeems my soul in safety from the battle that I wage for many are arrayed against me.” So, let’s all take heart today. We’re not alone. We’ll never be alone. The Lord hears our voices, right? He will walk with us. He will walk with us and He will carry us, if necessary through this. In fact, He’s the only one, right? He’s the only one we can let into this wounded place. He’s the only one who can heal our broken heart.
Holy Spirit, we’ve been opening our hearts to You for a lot of reasons and inviting You to do a lot of things and You are and we’re grateful. As disruptive as it might be, as bumpy as it might be, as less smooth sailing as we might’ve expected we can feel You in it and it feels like work that needs to be done and so we’re grateful, but in what has been brought up today, we don’t need solutions per se, we need You, we need comfort, we need to feel Your presence wrapping around us. We need to know were not alone, we need to know that You’ll get down into the mud and drag us out and carry us forward if that’s what’s necessary. And, so, we’re reaching to You. We surrender to You. We stop thrashing around in all of this and we calm down like a baby at its mother’s breast and invite Your Holy Spirit to come carry us forward. Come Holy Spirit we pray. In Jesus’ name we ask. Amen.
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