In Genesis, Esau loses his birthright after saying, “I’m so hungry I’m about to die!” He most likely was not about the die of hunger. When we’re cold we say, “I’m freezing!” and when hot, “I’m burning up!” We tend to over exaggerate our suffering. Though today’s psalmist sounds pretty dramatic, we have to remember that suffering is real and elicits great emotion in us.
- 1-27 – The author laments over the pain and sorrow of the exile and destruction of the Israelites and their land. But then the author offers hope. God’s faithfulness does renew continually.
- 37-42 – The author recognizes that his people have sinned and are at fault and ultimately need to accept what they’re given.
- 43-54 – The Israelites were shamed because it seemed that their God couldn’t take care of them or had forgotten them. They were both overtaken and humiliated.
- 55-66 – The author clearly still has hope that God will restore his people.
- 3-4 – What a lovely description of Christ!
- 8-12 – Christ cannot be placed on the same level as the angels. He is, instead, set apart and above the angels.
- 1-11 – Though the psalmist’s words seem somewhat dramatic, our sufferings tend to illicit those kinds of thoughts. It is hard to see outside of difficulty and suffering and keep things in perspective.
- 21 – Hothead men tend to ignite controversy everywhere they go.