Psalm 80:1-19

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“Restore us, LORD God Almighty; make your face shine on us, that we may be saved.”

This repeated line in Psalm 80 rings out to me today.

This psalm opens by crying out for help and as the cry continues there seems to be a recognition that the people deserved a rebuke from God. The first time this line is uttered it is in reference to a perceived persecution but then the second time it is in light of the recognition of rebuke.

We live in a day and age where Christians, especially Evangelical Christians, feel like they are being persecuted. From much of my reading about culture and politics this feeling of persecution is what lead the majority of my brothers and sisters in Christ to support Donal Trump for the presidency. They are afraid and they want a strong man to protect them. As I look around I don't see any persecution. I see loads of persecution complexes but no real persecution.

I think what we are seeing is that many of us are confusing persecution with rebuke.

As I look on my own life, any time that someone calls me out for my failing to love well I initially receive it as persecution. It is often not until I have had time to reflect that it was a good an proper rebuke and I can confess, concur, and change.

On the whole, the American Christian church appears to be in the midst of a season of rebuke and we sure don't like it.

We have failed to love well.

I have failed to love well.

Today I'm wrestling with, “How can I grow in receiving rebuke not as persecution but as an opportunity to grow in love?”


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