MUSINGS – July 18 2018
IF OR WHEN
“Godless fools say in their hearts, “There is no God.” They are corrupt. They do disgusting things. There is no one who does good things. The LORD looks down from heaven on Adam’s descendants to see if there is anyone who acts wisely, if there is anyone who seeks help from God.
Everyone has turned away. Together they have become rotten to the core. No one, not even one person, does good things.
Are all those troublemakers, those who devour my people as if they were devouring food, so ignorant that they do not call on the LORD? There they are–panic-stricken because God is with the person who is righteous. They put the advice of oppressed people to shame because the LORD is their refuge. If only salvation for Israel would come from Zion! When the LORD restores the fortunes of his people, Jacob will rejoice. Israel will be glad.“
I love going to the psalms for inspiration. Because even in times of trouble when the psalmist’s enemies have surrounded him, he finds comfort in the LORD.
Psalm 14 finds him in a very dark mood indeed. He finds the people disgusting, corrupt, and rotten to the core. These Godless people are devouring his people. He has only the weakest of hopes when he declares, “If only salvation for Israel would come from Zion!” If! If salvation would come.
When I’m honest with myself, I know that there are times in my life when “if” is as much hope as I can muster. My belief has holes if doubt in it. “If” is the frayed end of the rope I cling to. Those are the times I cry the the LORD, “I believe; help my unbelief!”* Then I can say with assurance “when”./ “When the LORD restores the fortunes of his people.”
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