05 June 2009

Fist Fighting Pslamist

I love how the Psalms do not correspond to our current climate of political correctness. The Psalmist calls it as he (or she?) sees it. A spade is a spade. A friend is a friend. An enemy is an enemy. The Psalmist is not so much into the "love your enemy" motif that Jesus will later preach.

And I, for one, appreciate that. After all, it's not every day I can muster the humility and courage to pray for my enemies and wish them well as Jesus would have me to do. Some days, the best I can do is to hold back my hand from striking out in anger. During such times, I find a soul mate in the Psalmist.

With neither apology nor guilt, the psalmist mutters with glee:

All my enemies shall be ashamed and struck with terror; they shall turn back, and in a moment be put to shame. -Psalm 6:10

I appreciate this sentiment on those days when I find myself muttering against my enemies. It is good to know that in such times I am not alone. I am not the first person who would be pleased to find my enemies ashamed and struck with terror, nor shall I be the last. This is the beauty and the power of the Bible. It is a library of books written over thousands of years that serves as a mirror for humanity. Read it with an open mind and open heart. You may find yourself in there.

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1 comment:

  1. The psalms encompass a lot of feelings which makes them so personal to us at times.

    I've started a 3 year project of drawing images for each of the 150 psalms. I've reached Psalm 78. You can view them at the following link