Can you recall an experience in your own life where you faced injustice?
Day 4 in our “journey to joy” brings us to Chapter 4, “Injustice,” which is taken from Psalm 123:
1 To you I lift up my eyes,
O you who are enthroned in the heavens!
2 Behold, as the eyes of servants
look to the hand of their master,
as the eyes of a maidservant
to the hand of her mistress,
so our eyes look to the Lord our God,
till he has mercy upon us.
3 Have mercy upon us, O Lord, have mercy upon us,
for we have had more than enough of contempt.
4 Our soul has had more than enough
of the scorn of those who are at ease,
of the contempt of the proud.
After reading Chapter 4, here are some questions for personal reflection. Feel free to post a comment for discussion.
- If you have faced injustice, has it developed in you empathy and compassion for those suffering from perhaps greater injustice or oppression?
- In what ways does the psalmist model for us how we can be free from repression?
- As in Psalm 121, we find the psalmist lifting up his eyes. How does lifting his eyes to heaven instead of focusing on the injustice help him?
- How do the principles of submitting to God and praying for mercy challenge our human level responses to injustice?
- Can you see how injustice in your life can be an opportunity for God to change you, allowing you “to be the change you wish to see in the world”?
- Why do we need mercy, and why should we plead for it for others?
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