I’ve been hesitant for a long time to discuss this, but to be honest, the “in my anguish” title, some 7 years ago occurred because I lost touch with my husband, who went AWOL. like the Rolling Stone song with Mick sings of the disparrows i.e. los disperoses of the Nicaragua years, I was sick in grief and fear. he was lost, he was disparrowed and I cried out in anguish to God because that’s all I had, I tried to tell people but they thought me crazy…what was i saying?
Hello are you feeling ok? Yes I am fine, it’s him, he has disappeared. I got platitudes, he will return, he’s ok. I did not know what to do. Since my fellow man had failed, i searched the Bible for something that echoed my fear, my complaint, my worry. I saw this line, I guess in a way another rendition of Psalm 23, but the rephrasing made me feel better…because as the Yahoo writer said, if the Lord my God is with me, who or what can be against me?
Alas in life I have found many things and people to be against me. It’s a horrible thing to realize that no matter how much you trust and are friends with someone, it is meaningless because you do not know his soul, and though he says his soul is with God, he lies…..…
Psalm 118:5-6 In my anguish I cried to the Lord, and he answered by setting me free. The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?
That God’s love endures forever and in him true refuge can be taken. The Psalmist says that the Lord set him free, and this can be taken in the literal sense (that his enemies were overcame and he was therefore free from their assault) or in the spiritual sense that the Lord has freed him from his fear (If the Lord is with you, what can be against you?).
Psalm 118:5-6 basically means that in God we have a safe harbor where no man can touch us, though our enemies may surround us and assail us, but with the Lord with you, there is no need to fear what they can do, what the world can do because in him there is no fear because he is love and perfect love casts away all fear.
Let’s backtrack. My friend Joel won a 1989 Alfa Romeo Spider Veloce back in January as part of a football pool. the car was dirty and had not seen loving care in a long time but it was in very good shape, with no rust, no dings, or dents. Originally on Bring a Trailer we got fooled by a Quadrifoglio selling that same week for 23G. We did not realize that the Veloce was a step down. That took a while to sort out.