“Hear my prayer, O Lord,
and give ear to my cry;
hold not your peace at my tears!
For I am a sojourner with you,
a guest, like all my fathers.”
This world, this earth is not our permanent home.
1 John 3:1
“See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him.”
We are in fellowship with God and we walk through this sinful world as a pilgrim in a foreign country. Even Jesus, who created the world in the beginning with God the Father and the Holy Spirit, was not accepted by His own creation when He came to this earth. He was beaten, mocked, killed.
CH Spurgeon says it like this:
“It is no marvel, then, if I who live the life of Jesus, should be unknown and a stranger here below. Lord, I would not be a citizen where Jesus was an alien. His pierced hand has loosened the cords which once bound my soul to earth, and now I find myself a stranger in the land. … But here is the sweetness of my lot: I am a stranger with thee. Thou art my fellow-sufferer, my fellow-pilgrim.”
Psalm 39 reminds us that God is with us. Not only does He walk with us, He has walked our path before us. Jesus has experienced our experiences, has risen above them and beyond them. God is also a stranger in this sinful and broken land. We’re not home yet.
Think about it …