Monday, August 11, 2008

Wish I were in the "wilderness"

Psalm 55:1-7 (NASB)
1 For the choir director; on stringed instruments.
A Maskil of David.

Give ear to my prayer, O God;
And do not hide Yourself from my supplication.
2 Give heed to me and answer me;
I am restless in my complaint and am surely distracted,

3 Because of the voice of the enemy,
Because of the pressure of the wicked;
For they bring down trouble upon me
And in anger they bear a grudge against me.

4 My heart is in anguish within me,
And the terrors of death have fallen upon me.
5 Fear and trembling come upon me,
And horror has overwhelmed me.

6 I said, "Oh, that I had wings like a dove!
I would fly away and be at rest.
7 "Behold, I would wander far away,
I would lodge in the wilderness. Selah.

I seem to have this sense of dread within me - stress coming in from many sides: 6 at last count. So much so I wish I were in the “wilderness”.

Apparently, "wilderness" in biblical context has different connotations.

    In general, the “wilderness” was the area between fertile settled areas and the true desert. Wilderness areas are arid or semiarid and are not suited for permanent settlements or crops, but such areas can be used as pasture land for small stock. Thus “wilderness” is a technical term for pastures or semiwild areas adjacent to permanent or semipermanent settlements. People are scarce in a wilderness area (“in which there is no man,” Job 38:26). Like Jeremiah (Jer 9:1), the speaker in vv 7–9 thinks that simple living accommodations in the wilderness would be a place of rest from the raging disorder of the city. The suppliant would hurry to such a place like a traveler who is caught in a sudden wilderness storm and rushes for shelter. (Marvin E. Tate, Psalms 51-100, WBC, 2002, p.56)
I will lodge myself in the wilderness and count my blessings: I just counted 6.

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  1. hi pearlie,

    be careful for what you wish for?

    cf Jesus' 'wilderness' experience.

    IMHO a wilderness experience is a pre-dark night of the soul.

  2. Thanks Julia :)

    That's why the " " :)
    I wonder if Jesus' wilderness is the same, geographically speaking.
    I believe we are referring to 2 different kinds of "wilderness".
    For me, I only wish I can get away from it all. Go to a "place where there is no man" and just be with God. In a way, Jesus' wilderness could be that too, but Satan came and tempted him. So in a sense, wherever we go, we will get "attacked" from every side when we set it in our heart to seek God and only God.

  3. And oh yes, thanks for your thoughts - it made me think and understand what I am going through a little better. My path now is very much a valley of dread and dismay.