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“I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord,” Pslam 27:13-14.

I am loving my current read-through of the Psalms. I have not spent much time in the Old Testament lately, since I devoted my fall semester to it for a Bible class. But as I get into the Old Testament again, especially Psalms, I find it entirely refreshing. I love how relationship-based EVERYTHING is. The Psalmists just pour out their hearts before God, with tears and cries and shouts of joy. And because I am in a less-volatile state of mind than I was in high school I am able to do more than just cry along with the Psalmists. I am able to pray and rejoice and be sad and take encouragement. And the lessons I am learning are naturally stemming into my imagination, which is just awesome.

These particular verses I found already underlined as I read them tonight. I think that they show particularly well what was running through my head when I wrote Issym and Asandra and used the word kiash (a term for victory and absolute faith). After describing the trials and the fears and the hopes the Psalmist has, he goes onto say that he is confident as he trusts in the Lord. He is not only confident, but he takes action: he waits and takes heart in the Lord. He seeks to rally his courage, believing in God’s mercy. This may sound inactive, but if you think about it, it’s really very active.

Trust is one of the hardest things we will ever give. Waiting is one of the most difficult things we will ever do. Putting our confidence in an (mostly) invisible God goes against everything we have ever been taught by the world. And as I am discovering this summer, all of this requires a constant training of the mind. It is hard work to say, “Okay God. I got nothing. You got everything.”

I watched the Green Lantern today. When the evil monster (of fear)  is trying to consume the hero (who is supposed to have no fear and steel his will against the evil), evil is taunting good. Instead of just standing there and taking the taunts (and lets face it, who could have blamed the guy if he had? He was a little busy trying to stay alive), the hero starts quoting the oath of the green lantern. He reminds himself why he is there, who he is and where his power comes from. As he masters his courage with this reminder, he is able to defeat the evil despite the pain in his body, the sorrow in his mind and the fear pounding on his heart’s door.

This was the place kiash was born to be used. A simple cry of victory would have underplayed the significance of what the hero was facing. He saw certain death and still fought on, trusting in a higher power and quoting his Scripture, of sorts. And this is what the Psalmist also saw and did. As I ‘train’ this summer, I am learning that kiash is not just a cry for super-heroes and fantasy characters. It is the cry for our everyday crazy lives as we learn to surrender to a mighty God.

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