“O God, whom I praise, do not remain silent…(Psalm 109:1).”
Last night I was at a local coffee shop doing some work when the Internet went down. I asked the guy who was online behind me, and was walking by, if he was having similar problems. A few hours later, when the place closed, Mike and I stopped talking.
This fellow and I had a lot in common. Mike was my age, we had children of the same age, and we held similar opinions. However, there was one characterisitic we didn’t share: He might have been the gabbiest man I have ever met.
After talking to this man for long time I realized something: he was lonely. I could tell it by his story. I could sympathize because I have experienced isolation and it’s not a nice place to be.
Mike even mentioned loneliness as one of the real problems in today’s society. I couldn’t agree more.
The Psalmist in Psalm 109 expresses his lonesome condition. He had been friendly toward some people, but in return they had run their mouths against him. The Psalmist describes these enemies as hateful, wicked and deceitful. Apparently they deserved the description because he had done nothing to deserve such treatment (Psalm 109:2-5).
The impact of this unfriendliness on the Psalmist was great physically and emotionally. He was under such great stress that he lost weight and felt weak. The Psalmist’s feelings were also deeply hurt (Psalm 109:22-24). He was truly alone in his suffering.
Contrast the behavior of the Psalmist’s foes with that of a fellow in the Bible called Gaius. He was a faithful friend and servant to some fellow believers, even though they were strangers. He must have been a nice guy because the apostle John loved him and was looking forward to talking to him face to face (III John 1, 5-6,13-14).
Somewhere in my long discussion with Mike I sometimes wondered if he was an angel because I had been feeling lonely lately. Although he was a very nice man, I concluded that he wasn’t because he was into some things I don’t thing God is too pleased with.
Still, it was nice to have some male comradeship, to have another man to talk with. Jesus is a brother who is there in that capacity, also. I look forward to the day when I can have a conversation with him face to face.