Psalms of Honesty and Truth
There are some people who seem to live calmly in the chaos around them. There is no need for lists to get organized. They seem at peace with the stacks of stuff around them that could fall at any minute. If the stacks fall, then a new stack is created an it’s okay. I am not one of these people. I like order. I like getting things right. Lists keep me productive in accomplishing…well, more lists.
Both kinds of people like us, the unorganized and the organized, are in need of seeing what God wants most from us. Neither one of us can ultimately set things right, for God’s business as the Psalmist writes, “is putting things right, he loves getting the lines straight, setting us straight. Once we’re standing tall, we can look him straight in the eye.” Yes, that’s what I desire! To stand tall, above the lists and the chaos of this life and look into the eyes of God. I need to really see what is behind those eyes and think more like Jesus taught us to think of God. I need to forget MY lists and see Him for Who He is, thanking Him for what He has done, is doing and will do. He is God and we are not. I need to let Him do what He does best…set things right. Peace comes from knowing God and believing He is in control.
Psalm 11, The Message
1-3 I’ve already run for dear life
straight to the arms of God.
So why would I run away now
when you say,
“Run to the mountains; the evil
bows are bent, the wicked arrows
Aimed to shoot under cover of darkness
at every heart open to God.
The bottom’s dropped out of the country;
good people don’t have a chance”?
4-6 But God hasn’t moved to the mountains;
his holy address hasn’t changed.
He’s in charge, as always, his eyes
taking everything in, his eyelids
Unblinking, examining Adam’s unruly brood
inside and out, not missing a thing.
He tests the good and the bad alike;
if anyone cheats, God’s outraged.
Fail the test and you’re out,
out in a hail of firestones,
Drinking from a canteen
filled with hot desert wind.
7 God’s business is putting things right;
he loves getting the lines straight,
Setting us straight. Once we’re standing tall,
we can look him straight in the eye.
In Jesus Name, Amen. I believe and I will trust in You.