I’m back to Psalms, Book 3.
New year’s Day and a wonderful journey of encouragement to kick off the even more than usual uncertainties of 2019.
My key verse, a great one for someone getting to the cardiac arrest years of life:
I’ve made mainly unstartling doctor’s-advice type new year’s resolutions: less alcohol, more exercise sorts of things. Maps say I can ride bike to work faster than bus, keen to give that a go.
The narrative of this psalm is a common theme of many of them, though here expressed in a particularly touching, relatable way.
The author says his feet nearly slipped, he nearly lost his foothold, because he envied the arrogant when he saw the prosperity of the wicked.
You could swear he spent too long on Instagram before he sat down to write: “Theytheir They they ”
This is their reward for laughing at God, living for greed and cheating their fellow humans. Sigh
Holidaying in Wentworth Falls, a beautiful place in the middle of blue mountains national Park, you think about your feet not slipping.
I couldn’t look at the sight of 20s-something tourists, foolishly cavorting atop Katoomba Falls. Dancing on wet rocks, in water that, less than a metre from their feet, plunged spectacularly down to the valley floor.
But I didn’t turn my eyes from Pirramirra, or Whispering Pines, spectacular mansions, slices of heaven on earth carved out by some seriously wealthy people, private paradises fenced off so I could only crane my neck and glimpse.
The second scenario is the dangerous one for me. A big component of my longing to hear about job prospects hanging over from 2018 is the sweet promise of financial security. My wife finishes her course this year and may even find work herself.
A few dominos fall the right way, we could be more prosperous this time next year than we’ve ever been. Hard not to feel that dream would fix everything. Tantalising, but surely resistable for someone who’s just read Job? And psalm73:
“WhenI ” Tick.
“WhomAnd ” Double Tick!
Keep your mansions I’m not without temptation, but I know who I want to be in 2019.