Micah 7:7-9 Reflection:
In the first reading today we have a beautiful song of trust in the goodness of God. ‘For my part I look to the Lord...my Lord will hear me.’
Words of faith and trust give the prophet the assurance that God will listen to him and also give him the basis for a sure foundation to life. His faith is strong enough even to see that he shall come through tragedy and grief: ‘though I have fallen I shall rise; though I live in darkness, the Lord is my light.’
The words are the words of a man who has complete trust in his God with whom he has a strong relationship. He knows he must suffer the anger of God for he has sinned against him.
The prophet is under no illusions as to where he stands in front of God; he is a sinner in need of mercy but he is also secure and certain that he shall receive that mercy.
The writer even knows that God will ‘take up my cause and right my wrongs.’ We are left with the impression that the prophet is waiting on Jesus to come into the world and do this work for him, the work of redemption.
Finally Micah ends this piece with a line of praise, ‘I shall rejoice to see the rightness of his ways.’
Micah is looking forward to the one who saves, just as we are meant to look forward now to the coming of Jesus as saviour on Easter Sunday.