A Journey Through the Psalms: Reflections for Worried Hearts and Troubled Times
Preaching the Psalms Cycles A, B, C
This psalm represents a real struggle for most people. Simply put, the psalmist is positing that if you trust enough in God, no evil will befall you. At the risk of contradicting scripture, let it be said that even the most simple among us know this to be false. The world is full of good God-trusting people who have fallen victim to evil. From innocents who happen to be in the path of a bomb dropped from 20,000 feet to the millions around the world who succumb to the AIDS pandemic, the innocent do perish no matter how much they trust in God.
Are you paying attention? Or are you paying attention to the wrong stuff? A voice that sounds a lot like Wisdom as we met her in Proverbs begs us to learn from past experience, so as not to spend money when we can get free stuff. The first generation liberated from Egypt died in the desert because they didn’t learn. And when the people pointed with oohs and ahhs towards current events, Jesus asked them to learn from the past to recognize that some things are not as significant as the eternal choices.
The government has finally woken up to the fact that the health of our children in this country is threatened by their food. For two generations, since World War II, food has become increasingly processed and the era of the fast food meal is well and truly with us.
Karen hates church. She feels it's a place where people are brainwashed. She thinks the people who go to church are weak, looking for a crutch in sermons that tell them how to behave. Karen clearly has an issue with established religion.