Lord, at times of soaring victory
The Psalmist said he would sing to You
As long as he lived,
He said he would praise You
To his very last breath.
He said he would bless Your Name forever,
But, Lord, how well I remember
David’s bitter complaints
During days of fear and despair.
He asked if You had forgotten to be gracious,
He asked if he had offended You.
He asked if Your mercy was gone forever.
As you forgave David’s complaints
Lord, please forgive mine.
I too am a descendant of Adam!
Thus, Ruth Harms Calkin expresses what it means to be a descendant of Adam. I am all too aware of the complaints that easily fall from my lips. I spend days clutching my fair entitlements. I chafe at the absurdity that anyone or anything would dare to thwart my wishes and my dreams. I long for a life free of the clutter of irritating “people-litter.” Wouldn’t life be just wonderful if everyone would accommodate my preferences? [well, it would be nice for me!] But here’s the problem with all of that! When I am pouring out my “legitimate” complaints, I find I am “bottom-shelving” all God’s benefits toward me. There is something not right going on in my heart and mind. Complaints and the giving of thanks are polar opposites and should never be allowed to stand in my mind. Neither should these two expressions be permitted to come out of my lips together. James says that blessing and cursing ought not to come out of our mouths at the same time. In fact James goes on to say that a spring cannot gush out salt water and fresh water simultaneously [James 3:9-11]. So, though it is tough to admit, if I am in the habit of complaining [even though I have convinced myself that such expressions are just little “innocents”] I am confessing to a heart issue in which I am on the fast track of forgetting God’s benefits [Psalm 103:2]. Just maybe we have become too comfortable with “being a descendant of Adam” and not a “new creation descendant of Christ” [II Corinthians 5:17]. THINK IT THRU!