Destroy the Wicked – Reflection on Psalm 58

Psalm 58:1-11

Psalm 58

Watching the World Burn

People gravitate toward the Psalms because of their complete and utter realness. I was taught that if I didn’t have anything nice to say…then don’t say anything. The psalmist doesn’t follow such motherly advice. Instead, the psalmist lets his fury fly.

There’s a scene in The Dark Night when Bruce Wayne (aka Batman) is trying to understand the Joker’s motivation. Alfred (played by Michael Cane) shares a story about trying to negotiate with tribal leaders in Burma with precious stones. However, a bandit kept stealing the stones. When they went looking for the bandit and the stones, they discovered the bandit had been throwing the stones away.

Wayne asks, “Why steal them?”
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Abandoned – Reflection on Psalm 44

Psalm 44:1-26

Confused and Abandoned

Sometimes all we can do is cry out to God. Life, as wonderful as it can be, also brings difficulties and confusion. Even our best attempts end up leaving us wondering what went wrong. We believe and hear that God loves us, but at times, we wonder what it means to be loved by God. On a surface level, we may believe that being loved by God means that things will work out, but then they don’t.
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Morning Reflection 2/12/12

http://bible.us/Ps87.6.NLT When the Lord registers the nations, he will say,
“They have all become citizens of Jerusalem.”

The Psalmist sounds a note of hope. No matter who, where, or what, at some point all will be able to say they are “citizens of Jerusalem.” This is a statement of hope and of faith. It is a statement that “pulls” us forward into the future and gives us peace.

What is amazing is that while some see God’s people as being exclusive, the Psalmist seems to be saying that God will embrace all nations. Language of who’s “in” and who’s “out” simply doesn’t work when all are citizens of Jerusalem.

May you experience the long arms of God’s love embracing you as he brings you into his fold! May his grace “pull” you forward into the Life he has for you.