Unpacking Anger

Sermon Summary: 

  • Imprecatory Psalms like this often confuse modern readers.
  • Instead of being unaware, or under-the-control of our anger, we unpack our anger with God. Psalm 137 exemplifies how to do this.
  • The Psalmist owns his anger honestly before God but doesn’t act on it.
    • Fulfilling the passage to “be angry, and not sin” (Eph 4:26)
    • Appealing to God the judge to repay fairly what was done
  • The beauty of processing our anger to God as the Psalmists did is that it allows us to channel our anger TO & THROUGH God, rather than AT others.
    • Without an ultimate perfect judge, I must be the judge to carry out the sentence that my anger demands
  • Can I use these Psalms exactly like the Psalmist who wrote it?  Can I also call down curses upon my enemies and just leave it at that?” The answer is “NO”, unfortunately, we cannot.  
    •  The Psalmist was on the opposite side of the cross
    • We must always read the Old Testament through the lens of Jesus
  • Instead of God taking his anger out on you or others – as He could and should – He gives His only Son to be dashed on the rocks to even the score (Col 1:21-22)
  • We are to FEEL Anger, and DO Love.
    • We forgive, we love, and we bless those who have angered us