Sun, Jun 12, 2016
Duration:1 hr 1 min
Be not silent, O God of my praise! For wicked and deceitful mouths are opened against me, speaking against me with lying tongues. They encircle me with words of hate, and attack me without cause. (Psalm 109:1-3 ESV) Fight or flight? They say there are two responses to an attack. I think this includes physical, emotional, verbal, and spiritual. We can retreat. This might be through physically "getting out of there," or it might just be shrinking into ourselves. We do what we need to in order to get to a place of safety. The other response is to counter-attack and fight. We stand up and punch back. Both of these responses, fight or flight, can be occasions of anger. You see, anger is not always the loud, blustery outburst. It can also be the slow simmer that often leads to bitterness. This week in our series, Psalms: Emotion & Devotion, we explore the emotion of Anger. I want to encourage you to read Psalm 109. In this Psalm, we see the distress of the psalmist but also the anger of God. We will be asking about the anger of God. What is it like? What is it against? How does it help us understand our own anger? It will be a great Sunday. Plan to join us and bring someone with you.
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