I Cannot Hold it!”
Where have you heard these words before?
Perhaps while on a trip and one of the children say these words.
(Maybe we said them too.)
Maybe a child holding something heavy says these words.
Perhaps you are trying to hold something that is too hot.
Please read the following verses and see what Jeremiah can not hold anymore.
7 O Lord, you deceived me, and I was deceived; you overpowered me and prevailed.
I am ridiculed all day long;
everyone mocks me.
8 Whenever I speak, I cry out
proclaiming violence and destruction.
So the word of the Lord has brought me
insult and reproach all day long.
9 But if I say, “I will not mention him
or speak any more in his name,”
his word is in my heart like a fire,
a fire shut up in my bones.
I am weary of holding it in;
indeed, I cannot.
10 I hear many whispering,
“Terror on every side!
Report him! Let’s report him!”
All my friends
are waiting for me to slip, saying,
“Perhaps he will be deceived;
then we will prevail over him
and take our revenge on him.”
11 But the Lord is with me like a mighty warrior;
so my persecutors will stumble and not prevail.
They will fail and be thoroughly disgraced;
their dishonor will never be forgotten.
12 O Lord Almighty, you who examine the righteous
and probe the heart and mind,
let me see your vengeance upon them,
for to you, I have committed my cause.
13 Sing to the Lord!
Give praise to the Lord!
He rescues the life of the needy
from the hands of the wicked.
Jeremiah is often called the weeping prophet.
He is not weeping here but is so full of the Lord that he can’t keep quiet.
It reminds me of what Jesus said as he was making his entrance in Jerusalem: Oh Lord, I pray that you fill us full of you, full to overflowing.
May we be so full of You that we simply must share.