Songs of my Soul
Anger at God.
We all get angry. It’s a fact of human nature. However, when we get angry at God our problem is whether or not our anger is appropriate. What stand do we have? What rights do we have to be angry at God?
Psalm 2 talks about the anger that man generates toward God. In reality, it is rebellion. Man, in his unrepentant state does not want to live under God’s rule and wants to be autonomous. He will often group together with others to make war against God. Man often believes that God is unfair.
God gets angry when we rebel against Him; however, His anger is much different than ours. God is aware that man cannot live apart from Him. Man is meant to be dependent on God for his very life. Man, as mad as he gets, cannot be autonomous; he will self-destruct. Knowing this, God does not act out His anger. He provides for us, His creatures, because He knows we need Him. God sends His Messiah to be our King. He is not impressed with our might and our war machines. He can defeat us with a word. Often, as in the case of a panic stricken drowning man, God has to break us for us to realize that we need Him. God is not impressed with earthly might, but as a good parent to wayward kids he still loves them; therefore, he wants the best for them. Even though these are His desires, He cannot condone their behavior.
The Psalmist knows this in Psalm 2, and is incredulous about why people would create factions against God. How did these people lose their minds to think that they can fight God and win? Isn’t that what we do though? Don’t we get angry with God, not even thinking about, who He is or what He has already done for us? We get angry with God because we don’t understand or don’t agree with what is happening in our lives. Even if we could understand, it might not make any difference.
There is a pattern of behavior that has existed since Eden that man consistently practices. Those behavior patterns always result in rebellion. That pattern can be seen in James 1:13-15
13 When someone is tempted, he shouldn’t say that God is tempting him. God can’t be tempted by evil and God doesn’t tempt anyone. 14 Everyone is tempted by his own desires as they lure him away and trap him. 15 Then desire becomes pregnant and gives birth to sin. When sin grows up, it gives birth to death.
James 1:13-15 (GW)
When we want something, we have a tendency to become obsessed. We think about it, talk about it, and dream about it. It doesn’t matter what that desire is. It could be something good, like wanting money for our ministry or wanting to give something to someone else. The desire is not as important as the strength we give it. I have seen people claim that God was going to give them something. They were so confident in their desire that it took on worship status. When it goes too far, we are trapped. When God doesn’t give us what we desire, we start getting angry at God. We think that He should have acted on our behalf. We presume upon God’s goodness then get angry at Him when He doesn’t come through. Then we start to want to do it our way. We don’t want to be dependent on Him. We slowly drift away getting angrier and angrier. So what do we do?
Psalm 2:10-12 gives us the answer. It tells us to act wisely. It tells us to serve the Lord with fear and not presumption. It tells us to cling to God’s annointed and treat Him well or we could perish. We are blessed, says the Psalmist, when we find our refuge in Him and not our desires.