I love funky terms, always endearing, always fun and one of my favorites is “messed up”, I love the fact that the slang phrase can mean virtually ANYTHING.
According to dictionary.com it is adjective slang and “messed up” CAN literally mean ANY or ALL of the following:
“Beaten up, looking disarrayed”
“Confused and unhappy”
“Intoxicated with alcohol or drugs”
We can be emotionally messed up, life can be messed up, or circumstances can just be messed up making you want to say, “Man, that is just messed up!”
And people often get “messed up” through the third meaning in hope of dulling the feeling of the first two.
And sometimes those who are seeking Jesus and a change in their life can be very easily swayed back out into sin and fall so easily into the trap of self-condemnation of feeling that they have “messed up”.
And you know, it is not even just falling into sin, it can be sometimes that we have turned left when we should have turned right, missed a truly golden opportunity by too hastily reaching out for plated brass that we mistook for twenty-four carat.
So many things in life can lead most of us to question, just how bad did we mess up.
But got some good news on that front, IF you are willing to ACCEPT it, BELIEVE it, and pick up your cross and try it again.
God IS faithful. God IS merciful. God wants nothing more than to dust us off when we have stumbled, give us a hug and tell us to try it again!
Classic scripture here that everyone probably knows by heart but it is good to be reminded every now and again.
Jesus speaking, Luke 18:10-14: “Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican.
The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am NOT as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, OR EVEN AS THIS PUBLICAN .
I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess.
And the publican standing afar off, would NOT lift so much as his eyes unto heaven, but SMOTE UPON HIS BREAST (beat on his chest) SAYING, GOD BE MERCIFUL TO ME A SINNER.
I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for everyone that exalteth himself shall be abased; AND HIM THAT HUMBLETH HIMSELF SHALL BE EXALTED.”
Ponder that, the Pharisee, in ear shot of the tax collector is telling God what all he has done and even taking pot shots at the moral character of the other man, in his “gratitude” speech, “thanking” God that he was so much BETTER than all those he named and EVEN better than the one who could not even look toward heaven because he was repentant.
He just asked for mercy and referred to himself as a sinner.He didn’t give a list of what GOD ALREADY KNEW, he just asked for mercy instead of judgment.
We are never given a list of his failures, mistakes, or how much he “messed up” but we are given all we need to hear in his own words the Pharisee spoke of just how “messed up” the Pharisee was through pride and self-seeking, and self-righteousness expressed in his OWN words.
So there is a background to set up my main scriptures I really want to concentrate this post on.
Psalm 86:1-17: “Bow down thine ear, O Lord, hear me: for I am poor and needy. Preserve my soul (life); for I am holy: O thou my God, SAVE thy servant that trusteth in thee.
Be merciful unto me, O Lord; For I cry unto thee DAILY (all day long).
Rejoice (make glad) the soul of thy servant: for unto thee, O Lord, do I lift up my soul.
For thou, Lord, art (are) good, AND READY TO FORGIVE; AND PLENTEOUS IN MERCY TO ALL THEM THAT CALL UPON THEE.
Give ear, O Lord, unto my prayer; and attend to the voice of my supplications.
IN THE DAY OF MY TROUBLE I WILL CALL UPON THEE: FOR THOU WILT (will) ANSWER ME.
Among the gods there is none like unto thee. O lord, neither are there any works like unto thy works.
All the nations whom thou hast made SHALL come and worship before thee, O Lord, and SHALL glorify thy name.
For thou art great, and doest (you do) wondrous things: thou art God alone.
Teach me thy way, O Lord,: I will walk in thy truth: UNITE my heart (give me singleness of heart) to fear (have a reverence and awe for) thy name.
I will praise thee, O Lord, my God, with all my heart; and I will glorify thy name for evermore.
FOR GREAT IS THY MERCY TOWARD ME: AND THOU HAST DELIVERED MY SOUL FROM THE LOWEST HELL.
O God, the proud are risen against me, and the assemblies of violent men have sought after my soul; and have not set thee before them.
BUT THOU, O LORD, ART (are) A GOD FULL OF COMPASSION, AND GRACIOUS, LONGSUFFERING, AND PLENTEOUS IN MERCY AND TRUTH.
O TURN UNTO ME, AND HAVE MERCY UPON ME, give strength unto thy servant, and save the son of thine handmaid.
Shew (show) me a token for good; that they which hate me may see it. and be ashamed; BECAUSE THOU, LORD, HAST HOLPEN (has helped) ME,AND COMFORTED ME.”
That was a prayer written by David, and you can really “hear” his desperation in that twice he asks the Lord, to HEAR, the first verse, “BOW down thine ear”, showing his humility by asking the Lord to come down to hear him.
The poor and needy reference spiritual state, David FELT pretty messed up, hurt and unhappy, fighting against his enemies, the word “assemblies” in verse fourteen, referencing those who hated him, literally meaning MOBS, mobs of angry, violent men who DID not know God and wanted David dead.
I love David and love reading about his life because he was so passionate. Everything he did he did wide open, all or nothing. When he soared, he soared and when he “messed up” it was crashing rock bottom.
And of course, the ONE thing he never swayed for one moment about was his absolute passion in his pursuit of the Lord.
He never once doubted the mercy and kindness of the Lord EVEN when he was painfully aware through his OWN failings, his own shortcomings, and life altering lusts that HE WAS NEVER WORTHY OF THAT MERCY. Nor would he ever be. Neither are we, nor we will be.
So that’s the deal, we ARE messed up, life is messed up, and no matter how bad you may have messed up or how confused, unhappy, beaten down life has TEMPORARILY left you, keep holding on… knowing that no matter how messed up you may feel there is NO ONE so messed up that the mercy of God that cannot heal.
1 John 1:9: “If we confess (admit to God) our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from ALL unrighteousness.”
Find your peace in that.
Have a beautiful week! Wishing you love & peace until next time! Thanks for reading!
Φλογιζω Σαλπιζω NB 2018 / Original post 06/30/2018 Revisited 01/08/2021 I do pray this will be an encouragement to you today!
If you’d like a little more food for thought on overcoming our flesh, check out “Trip Junkie” and “Prophets,Prodigals, & Puttin’ it off”
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Original post 06/30/2018 Revisited 01/08/2021 I do pray this will be an encouragement to you today!