How often do we find relief in worldly legitimate pleasures? Christ left the comfort of third heaven to spend it in a sinful, dark, empty world because of our own undoing. Knowing that the true eternal pleasures come from the Father, it is from Him that he calls for relief (v.1); the Father is gracious indeed!
How long shall Jesus’ honor be turned into shame? How long shall our good works be despised? How long shall Jesus’ righteousness be seen as wickedness? How long will we be persecuted and marginalised? How long will vain words and lies be preferred over words of truth and life which shatter our world? How long will we turn away from Christ, the Word, the Logos, and continue to enjoy the darkness in which we were born?
The LORD has set apart the godly for himself; He has set apart Jesus from the world, just as He sets us apart. They may call but they will not be heard – “And we know that in all things God works for those who love Him, who are called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28). We shall be angry against sin, offer the right sacrifices, and put our trust in the LORD – not to make superficial sacrifices and let sin creep at our doorstep and take our lives. Though many will cry out for the LORD’s intimacy, for the LORD’s light to shine upon them – their joys are found in their abounding grain and wine. Yet when we are deprives of such legitimate pleasures, we recognise that only God alone puts this everlasting joy in our hearts, just as He did for Christ. Let us then rejoice, as we are angry against sin, pondering in our own hearts silently on our beds, dwelling in the peace and safety which only He can provide.