14 Jun Psalm 120:5-6; Ephesians 5:8
5 Woe is me, for I sojourn in Meshech,
For I dwell among the tents of Kedar!
6 Too long has my soul had its dwelling
With those who hate peace.
8 for you were formerly darkness, but now you are Light in the Lord; walk as children of Light
The author of Psalm 120 was living outside of Israel, perhaps in exile, and living in a pagan culture was wearing on him. Have you ever felt the same? We’re clearly in a post-Christian time and culture right now, which can seem overwhelming. But God has warned us of this in Scripture and called us still to reach out to our neighbors to tell them about Jesus. We’re called to be a light in this dark world, not forgetting we were once lost in darkness as well. One of my favorite verses in Scripture is 1 John 2:17, where the Apostle John encourages us: “The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.” God’s will is to spread the Gospel, no matter how bad the culture around us is or how opposed to the Gospel they may be. Will you follow God’s will?