Those who turn from God

6 Nov

We are up to Psalm 36 and it begins with a description of one who turns from God and pursues an evil path.  Even as I sit here writing this blog installment there is a show on the Smithsonian channel about WWII vets.  If there was a gift of WWII it was the clarity of who was the enemy.  In my lifetime I have never felt that sort of clarity about those who are seen to be evil.  There is always a wonder about what forces caused those who are evil to be the way they are.  Here’s is the psalmist description of those who turn from God’s path, the God-rebel;

“1-4 The God-rebel tunes in to sedition—
all ears, eager to sin.
He has no regard for God,
he stands insolent before him.
He has smooth-talked himself
into believing
That his evil
will never be noticed.
Words gutter from his mouth,
dishwater dirty.
Can’t remember when he
did anything decent.
Every time he goes to bed,
he fathers another evil plot.
When he’s loose on the streets,
nobody’s safe.
He plays with fire
and doesn’t care who gets burned.”

So as the writer sketches the imagine of a person who, “plays with fire and doesn’t care who gets burned”, the next verses of the psalm is about the fullness of God.  I love the writers metaphors around who God is.  It is this awesomeness that is to be the focus of our attention.

 “God’s love is meteoric,
his loyalty astronomic,
His purpose titanic,
his verdicts oceanic.
Yet in his largeness
nothing gets lost;
Not a man, not a mouse,
slips through the cracks.

7-9 How exquisite your love, O God!
How eager we are to run under your wings,
To eat our fill at the banquet you spread
as you fill our tankards with Eden spring water.
You’re a fountain of cascading light,
and you open our eyes to light.”

This vast God never misses the smallest thing; “not a man, not a mouse, slips through the cracks”.   It is this God who understands why the ‘God-rebel’ does what they do and why we who try to follow a God path do what we do.  For me it is always a wonderful gift that God sees my life in full view and knows my heart.  Knowing that I can run to God for protection and look towards God for a future within God’s grace.

I agree with psalmist approach for considering the life of those who are God-rebels – it is best to think of the power of God and not the power that these who plot evil try to wheel.

The psalmist ends this poem this way:

“Keep on loving your friends;
do your work in welcoming hearts.
Don’t let the bullies kick me around,
the moral midgets slap me down.
Send the upstarts sprawling
flat on their faces in the mud.”

Again, the psalmist looks to God to defend us from those who strive against us and the way of God.  I know that I only need to try to please God and try to be faithful to that path; God can take care of the rest.




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