“Come,” they say, “let us wipe out Israel as a nation.
We will destroy the very memory of its existence.”
Psalm 83:4 (NLT)
I find it fascinating that the lyric of a song penned 2500 years ago can sound as if it was ripped from today’s headlines. What an amazing story and history of a people who have, throughout time, continually faced enemies who would seek to utterly destroy them through war or genocide.
When I had the privilege to travel to region of Israel ten years ago I found the people (of all nationalities), the politics, the spiritual landscape to be stunningly complex. I can only imagine that it continues to grow even more so with the rapid evolution of technology and the ever changing political climate. When you read through the ancient history, poetry and writings found in God’s Message you begin to appreciate that it is part of a story that is still being written. Looking back from the perspective of today, the story has been layered with so much time and diversity of events that context cannot be simply nor easily grasped.
I am not a news junkie. I gave that up years ago and have written about that in previous posts. That does not mean, however, that I allow myself to become ignorant of current affairs. I find as time goes on that I keep my eyes more firmly fixed on global news more and more. This morning’s psalm is a reminder that we are continuing to watch a story unfold that has been unfolding since before the beginning of recorded history. I am reminded this morning of Jesus’ encouragement: “Be shrewd as serpents; gentle as doves.”
- Moving Forward Facing Backward (tomvanderwell.wordpress.com)
- A Lesson in Asaph’s Unique Lyric Style (tomvanderwell.wordpress.com)
- From the Psalms (debbiecroft.wordpress.com)
- The Revelation of Yahweh in the Exodus: The Theological Center (rickwadholmjr.wordpress.com)