The Sabbath commandment is rooted in two objectives. In Exodus, Sabbath is grounded in creation and in Deuteronomy it is grounded in the Lord's redemption. Today we will connect our Sabbath habits to the presence of the Lord.
Imprecatory Psalms (those Psalms that invoke judgment upon one's enemies or those perceived as the enemies of God) allow us to step into the gut-wrenching anguish of the Psalmists while giving us a format to share our strongest emotions with our ever-powerful God. With a focus on Psalm 59, we see that instead of unloading on the people around us, the imprecatory Psalms show us how to upload our emotions to God.
The prophet Micah spelled out destruction for Israel because of their decisions to turn away from God. Yet that same message also pointed the people to hope in the coming Saviour and a merciful God who never leaves. This hope is still ours today.