The column in the Kookmin Daily, a Korean newspaper, once published a story about a truck that slipped in the rain and crashed into a house. When rescue teams arrived at the scene of the incident after receiving the report, two contrasting scenes unfolded. During the mess, they saw a woman who was in a deep sleep and did not wake up. After a while, in another room, a baby woke up and cried, and they saw that the woman woke up reflexively. It is known that our hearing has two main functions: a general function to detect incoming sounds and a peculiar function to listen to only the sounds he or she wants to hear. As seen in the above incident, if a person decides to listen, he or she can hear and respond to even the smallest sound. However, the sound that you are not interested in is not heard, no matter how loud it is. Ithink this is why we cannot hear God’s voice. Put it differently, it is not because God does not speak, but because we have no desire to hear His voice.
In Psalm 108, the themes of Psalm 57 and Psalm 60 wereemphatically combined. David composed Psalm 57 in the cave of Adullam, where he hid from the persecution of King Saul before he ascended to the throne, and he wrote Psalm 60 to petition God for help while fighting against Edomafter he became the king of Israel. In Psalm 108, David sang about victory while facing a crisis in his life that seemed to overlap with the above two events. “My heart is steadfast, O God; I will sing and make music with all my soul” (Psalm 108:1). Here, the Psalmist said that he made up his mind, but under what circumstances and how did he make up his mind? The Psalmist decided to praise God at the most critical time in his life. He was able to make up his mind because he relied on God, who was with him in midst of crises he encountered in the past and looked to the future, believing in God’s work, rather than being trapped in the darkness of reality and only looking at reality.
Among the paintings of artist René Magritte, there is a work titled “Self-Portrait,” which is a very interesting painting. The artist in the painting is looking at an egg on a table, and the canvas in front of him is a painting of a bird flying in the sky. The artist in the picture did not paint the egg on the table as it looks now, but rather imagined what the egg would look like in the future. René wanted to show his future by naming the painting “Self-Portrait.”
The Korean word ‘realize’ is a compound of two words ‘break’ and ‘reach’. Applying the meaning of this word to the hatching process of a bird, we can see that the egg turning into a bird and flying in the sky is the result of a decision to break its own world. All the great people used by God were pioneers who went through this process and saw the kingdom of God in the first place. There is a reason why they broke the mold of the world in which they lived despite strong resistance. They saw a world that others could not see through the Word of God that came to them. “I will praise you, O Lord, among the nations;I will sing of you among the peoples. For great is your love, higher than the heavens; your faithfulness reaches to the skies” (Psalm 108:3,4).
There is a Swedish proverb that goes, “He who loves to sing will always and everywhere find a song.” Can you be grateful after you are broke? Can you be grateful after you fail a test? Can you be grateful after you lose health? Can we be grateful publicly in front of all people? If we look at reality through the eyes of faith, the darkest time of our lifeis the most appropriate time to meet God. So, those who like to call God’s name can find God anytime and anywhere.