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Thoughts and Reflections on Scripture

2017

December

Friday, December 22nd, 2017
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This Psalm reads like a personal testimony- (a story to describe one's own struggles and faith).

In this instance, the Psalmist is tempted to be jealous, since the ungodly seem to get whatever they want, they have strong bodies, they have lots of followers, and seem to be able to deceive others without any consequence. They don't have any cares, and their wealth just keeps growing.

As he continues to consider the state of his mind, he feels bad for even thinking these things. How can he think this way, when he's responsible for others- is he being false to the children he teaches?

So he goes to the temple, and there he realizes that the wicked are on slippery ground. They're like a bad dream, they will face an ultimate destruction some day. They are not getting away with it all.

Now the Psalmist recalls how he felt so bitter toward God, ignorant, self-centered, like an animal without sense. But he knows that even in that state, God was still honourable to him.

He ends with praising God, since he has so much to be thankful for!

This is a beautiful Psalm, and I'm sure we can all relate. Life often seems unfair, and evil people do seem to get away with their behaviour for a little while. But serving God last forever.

Amen!