Psalm 52, a song of worship from before the Christian era, describes a kind of self-centered behavior that has become all too familiar. This translation is from the King James version of 1611:
Why boastest thou thyself in mischief, O mighty man? the goodness of God endureth continually.
2 Thy tongue deviseth mischiefs; like a sharp rasor, working deceitfully.
3 Thou lovest evil more than good; and lying rather than to speak righteousness. Selah.*
4 Thou lovest all devouring words, O thou deceitful tongue.
5 God shall likewise destroy thee for ever, he shall take thee away, and pluck thee out of thy dwelling place, and root thee out of the land of the living. Selah.
6 The righteous also shall see, and fear, and shall laugh at him:
7 Lo, this is the man that made not God his strength; but trusted in the abundance of his riches, and strengthened himself in his wickedness.
8 But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God: I trust in the mercy of God for ever and ever.
9. I will praise thee for ever, because thou hast done it: and I will wait on thy name; for it is good before thy saints.
*"Selah" is a Hebrew word sometimes found at the end of a verse of a psalm; it may have signaled a musical break or it may have meant "forever."
Saturday, July 27, 2019
Thursday, July 11, 2019
Hearing me exclaim, "Jesus Christ," over coffee this morning while reading about Trump's unconstitutional intentions to subvert the upcoming census, my wife Caroline quipped, "Trump has given new meaning to Prayer Breakfasts. All over America, people at the breakfast table reading the latest news about him are invoking God."