4Our soul has had more than enough of the scorn of those who are at ease, of the contempt of the proud.
The Story: This certainly has a contemporary ring for us, doesn’t it? In our day, Bible-believing Christians are facing increasing scorn and contempt from those who despise our faith. We are ridiculed for our belief in creation rather than evolution. We are scorned for our supposedly naïve belief in the truth of Scripture. We are attacked for maintaining Biblical moral positions that have been largely abandoned in our society. While these may be new in form, such attacks are in substance just what true believers have always experienced in a world of unbelief. The “proud” ones “who are at ease” in unbelief have always looked down their noses at those who seek to honor and serve the Lord in faith. There are powerful people on earth who pull political levers, control the press, and manipulate economies. Some of them are very good at making life difficult for those who seriously want to follow Jesus. But we must remember that their power is paltry compared to that of our Heavenly King! When we call on Him for mercy, we are calling on the One who is in control and who can bring justice out of injustice and relieve His people from persecution. As we fear God and not men, we are prime candidates to receive His mercy.
The Structure: The repetition of “more than enough” in verses 3 and 4 expresses how exasperating it can be to be on the receiving end of scorn and contempt. But as we remember the repetition of the plea in verse 3, “Have mercy upon us,” we know that God’s mercy is more than sufficient to provide all we need in a time of suffering and trial.
Where do you see contempt shown toward Christians in our culture? Pray that God would provide mercy to those being targeted by the forces of unbelief and would keep the faith of His people strong in the face of attack.
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