Psalm 123 – Mercy From Contempt 

The collection of Psalms would have informed you by now that there are plenty of good reasons for praise and worship. This particular Psalm gives another reason for worship and it is a tough reason to take. 

Worship from the pain of contempt. Enduring the pain of active insults and bitterness that’s experienced. It is as if the Psalmist knows what it is to go through the day being drenched in human waste poured on him from all angles. The stench of malice, the stink of contempt – it’s his strife and it’s his lot. So for relief, for mercy, for respite, he goes to the only source he knows. 

When there is the feeling of being overwhelmed, worship is not just a relief, it is the source of release to relay that which overwhelms you. As you do so in the posture that recognises the great one who cares for your needs, so there is found the reminder that He goes with you. Indeed He knows Himself what it is to face the deluge of the human waste that is sin. To face it and yet overcome it. Making a way for those who worship to likewise be empowered to face it and perhaps … 

For His Name’s Sake 


C. L. J. Dryden 


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