Season After Pentecost (Proper 18[23]) – The Gospel Passage: The benefits of using Godly wisdom

Those who trust in the LORD are like Mount Zion, which cannot be moved, but abides forever.
As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the LORD surrounds his people, from this time on and forevermore. For the scepter of wickedness shall not rest on the land allotted to the righteous, so that the righteous might not stretch out their hands to do wrong. Do good, O LORD, to those who are good, and to those who are upright in their hearts.” (Psalm 125:1 – 4)

As I read this passage from the psalms, I am reminded again that the psalmist is said to have been King David. I do not know this for a certainty, but it does portray a picture of a man who is likened to God’s heart. What I am also not sure about is whether to people of God who never been moved or swayed to do wickedness have protected lives. Is that what is promised here? Or is it the protection of never doing wrong? Because that would stretch credulousness also.

“But those who turn aside to their own crooked ways the LORD will lead away with evildoers. Peace be upon Israel!” (Verses 5)

I have to think, beloved reader, of all the things that have befallen the nations. All the evil and wickedness that has gone on, and the innocents it has impacted. Yes, we can wish for peace. As long as the evildoers are still among us, there will not be peace. But there is solace.

Praise the LORD! Praise the LORD, O my soul!
I will praise the LORD as long as I live; I will sing praises to my God all my life long.
Do not put your trust in princes, in mortals, in whom there is no help. When their breath departs, they return to the earth; on that very day their plans perish.” (Psalm 146: 1 – 4)

Yes, we still have evildoers among us. Their influence is very apparent. And since this is true, I realize it is not yet time for the fulfillment of all the promises of the psalms. There is enough, however, to keep the soul and spirit alive and hopeful.

Happy are those whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the LORD their God, who made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them; who keeps faith forever; who executes justice for the oppressed; who gives food to the hungry. The LORD sets the prisoners free; the LORD opens the eyes of the blind. The LORD lifts up those who are bowed down; the LORD loves the righteous. The LORD watches over the strangers; he upholds the orphan and the widow, but the way of the wicked he brings to ruin. The LORD will reign forever, your God, O Zion, for all generations. Praise the LORD! ” (Verses 5 – 10)

There is a saying that I heard some years back. And while it is not biblical, it does give hope. “All things will be well in the end. And if all things are not well, it is not the end.” I think the psalmist would approve of that saying. Selah!