Tuesday, October 14, 2014
The following is a paragraph from John MacArthur's study Bible. I found it to be captivating and pertinent to the questions I'm asking today.
“The basic theme of Psalms is living real life in the real world where two dimensions operate simultaneously; 1) a horizontal or temporal reality. 2) a vertical or transcendent reality .Without denying the pain of the earthly dimension, the people of God are to live joyfully and dependently on the person and promises standing behind the heavenly/eternal dimension. All cycles of human trouble and triumphs provide occasions for expressing human complaints, confidence, prayers or praise to Israel’s Sovereign Lord.”
I was wondering : Am I self pitying? Do I have REASON or excuse to pity myself? This seems to say that I can be real before God about my pain but leave it with God and go on to live in joy and gratitude before the rest of the world.