A person has to be thoroughly disgusted with the way things are to find the motivation to set out on the Christian way. As long as we think that the next election might eliminate crime and establish justice or another scientific breakthrough might save the environment or another pay raise might push us over the edge of anxiety into a life of tranquility, we are not likely to risk the arduous uncertainties of the life of faith. A person has to be fed up with the ways of the world before he, before she, acquires an appetite for the world of grace.
Psalm 120 is the song of such a person, sick with the lies and crippled with the hate, a person doubled up in pain over what is going on in the world. But it is not a mere outcry, it is pain that penetrates through despair and stimulates a new beginning - a journey to God which becomes a life of peace.
Whether it is the government or
the school system or
money or a
we keep looking for answers but not to God. We will keep searching for answers to other sources than God until we are totally disgusted, until we have given up and see no hope in what we placed our hope. In a sense we are like addicts who have to hit rock bottom before they admit their addiction.
Only then might we look to God. Only after enough pain and angst trying everything else will we consider looking to God. Eugene Peterson has it right. I hope you get disgusted.