PSALM 70 - Criticasters 10 Jan 2020
Not many people like being criticized. Criticasters even criticize while lacking competence or correct information. Criticasters frequently speak when I am in trouble and hurt. Quick unsolicited advice feels similar to the tongue of a criticaster. It may hurt me instead of help me. At the other end, it is also not helpful if the truth is ignored. A problem may be that I may be too much hurt to listen to the truth. In all cases a prayer like psalm 70 may help to seek my divine helper.
1 [For the choirmaster. Of David. In commemoration]
Be pleased, God,
to rescue me, Yahweh,
come quickly and help me!
2 Shame and dismay to those who seek my life!
Back with them!
Let them be humiliated who delight in my misfortunes.
3 Let them shrink away covered with shame,
those who say to me, 'Aha, aha!'
4 But joy and happiness in you to all who seek you.
Let them ceaselessly cry, 'God is great',
who love your saving power.
5 Poor and needy as I am,
God, come quickly to me!
Yahweh, my helper,
my Saviour, do not delay!
Excerpt from THE NEW JERUSALEM BIBLE, copyright (c) 1985 by
Darton, Longman & Todd, Ltd. and Doubleday, a division
of Penguin Random House, Inc. Reprinted by Permission.