Psalms of Honesty and Truth
In the midst of all the campaign ads of people declaring one thing but behaving quite differently than what they claim, we are frustrated. We don’t know who to trust. We don’t trust media to tell the truth. Media was not designed to tell the Truth or give the facts, only their opinion of opinions of untrustworthy people who desperately want to be known. We cannot rely on people to save us. We cannot rely on mere humans to be trusted. ALL have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
David was frustrated at the behavior of his own…the nation of Israel and her leaders who were declared “God is gone”. He talks of how this must be disappointing to God as he looks for a leader to turn things around for his nation. There seems to be no one, only those who treat people “like fast food”. Wow. Is the church in this kind of trouble today? Do we do the business of church without being church to help build others up, to encourage each other in our walk? God knows our hearts. God is still in control. His Son, Jesus Christ is the only One to save us. People do not save us.
Yes, says the Psalmist, “God is around; Yahweh turns life around.
So, there is hope! Always.
Psalm 14, The Message
A David Psalm
Bilious and bloated, they gas,
“God is gone.”
Their words are poison gas,
fouling the air; they poison
Rivers and skies;
thistles are their cash crop.
2 God sticks his head out of heaven.
He looks around.
He’s looking for someone not stupid—
one man, even, God-expectant,
just one God-ready woman.
3 He comes up empty. A string
of zeros. Useless, unshepherded
Sheep, taking turns pretending
to be Shepherd.
The ninety and nine
follow their fellow.
4 Don’t they know anything,
all these impostors?
Don’t they know
they can’t get away with this—
Treating people like a fast-food meal
over which they’re too busy to pray?
5-6 Night is coming for them, and nightmares,
for God takes the side of victims.
Do you think you can mess
with the dreams of the poor?
You can’t, for God
makes their dreams come true.
7 Is there anyone around to save Israel?
Yes. God is around; God turns life around.
Turned-around Jacob skips rope,
turned-around Israel sings laughter.
Praise God for His watch over us. He is always at work!
Turn things around Lord for Your glory, honor and praise!
In Jesus Name, Amen
Something to ponder…Those who reject Jesus Christ will spend eternity apart from the Lord and will honestly be able to say in hell, “There is no God–here!”