3Have mercy upon us, O LORD, have mercy upon us: for we are exceedingly filled with contempt.
4Our soul is exceedingly filled with the scorning of those that are at ease, and with the contempt of the proud.
Truly, this psalm hits home for a lot of us. Let’s keep it real. We can do that. Right?
Keeping it real, we know that we have some deep-rooted contempt for certain folks. You know, we may have it in for rich folks, other-colored folks, same-sex folks, can’t-get-enough-of-whatever folks, and countless others. We just may not be able to identify well with them or all of the baggage that they bring.
It’s really not about them.
Yep. I said it.
It’s really about you. I guess I should say us, but let’s stay on you for a minute.
. . . we are exceedingly filled with contempt. . . exceedingly filled with the scorning…and with the contempt
Why ask someone else: “What’s your problem?” when some reflection and examination will reveal the problem-holder in a second? Look at our language when we speak of ourselves. We tend to come up short when it comes to coming clean about our stuff and owning our own issues. Let your “I” message be about how you will handle your problem with others and deal with your own contempt for others.
This psalm pointed out that those who were at ease and the proud were targets of the contempt of the faithful. The faithful sought the right resource. They called upon God to have mercy upon us in a repetitive phrase in both verses 2 and 3. It demonstrates the realization that God who sits high in the heavens is watching over his own children.
Let us go to God and seek His mercy upon us as we seek to be delivered from our own contempt. We want God to purge and purify us. We want God to cure and cleanse us. We ought to know that we cannot deal with this on our own. We need His mighty hand. We need His awesome power. We need God to work on our behalf.