SIRENS Psalm 61:1-3
The Sirens were mythical watery women who lured sailors to their death. These seductresses would call and sing across the ocean, their voices captivating the hapless sailor. Homer writes of them in the Odyssey.
Whilst I don’t hear mystical women in the Mediterranean; I do know that the ocean calls to many. Her whimsical beauty and alluring voice has a captivating power. With an estimated 14% of the Australian population riding surf craft of some sort she is a popular mistress. She is not alone. There are so many things that call for our affections our devotion.
I don’t use the word mistress flippantly either. Like any consuming passion, the lure of the surf is strong, its siren song is a constant beckoning call. I know of grown men and women who have made shipwreck of their lives by following the call of the surf at the expense of all others.
There are many different sirens that call us in life, passion for work, money, lust for other things or more of this and that. Just like the mythical woman, these songs penetrate our ears and infect our thinking. We forsake other things at the pursuit of the one thing.
Life is a vast rabbit warren of decisions to make and directions to choose. The way can appear shrouded in fog. Boats in these conditions utilize foghorns to locate one another, one boat sounds a blast… then the other boat returns its blast of sound. In this way they locate one another and safely navigate the fog.
Prayer is a good way to navigate life and silence the sirens. As we call out in the fog to God, we also need to wait on His reply. It is this two way nature of the conversation that provides safe navigation.
Psalm 61:1 Hear my cry, O God, listen to my prayer;
2 from the end of the earth I call to you when my heart is faint.
Lead me to the rock that is higher than I,
3 for you have been my refuge, a strong tower against the enemy.
No siren did ever so charm the ear of the listener as the listening ear has charmed the soul of the siren. Henry Taylor
Prayer means that the total you is praying. Your whole being reaches out to God, and God reaches down to you. E Stanley Jones
“Grace, like water, flows to the lowest part.” ― Philip Yancey
”“Grace, like water, flows to the lowest part.” ― Philip Yancey