One of the things I like to do as I read the scriptures is write down just one thing, one quick takeaway from the section. It’s a simple practice that anybody can do, it helps to reinforce what I’ve read, and it gives me an opportunity to engage with what the Holy Spirit might be trying to teach me.
This is my “quick thought” from today’s reading in Psalms 57-59.
“May they be like snails that dissolve into slime, like a stillborn child who will never see the sun. God will sweep them away, both young and old, faster than a pot heats over burning thorns. The godly will rejoice when they see injustice avenged.” ~ Psalms 58:8-10
Sung to the tune of “Do Not Destroy!”
I’m not sure this is a song we’ll be singing any time soon on a Sunday morning! This is a dark psalm describing the wickedness of injustice, and yet this is the same injustice that resides in all of us.
Do I still rejoice when the injustice in me dissolves into slime or dies the death of a stillborn child? Do I rejoice at the loss of my sin, or do I grieve?
Deeper still, how do I define “injustice,” and would I even recognize it? The Pharisees didn’t, and other than Jesus, they were considered the wisest and most powerful of all religious people. Even among Jesus’ followers in the book of Acts, there are debates, arguments, and harsh words concerning the inexhaustible justice & mercy of God.
If they struggled to recognize “injustice,” why would we think we wouldn’t struggle to define “injustice?” Whether it was on a personal level as Jesus was confronting a mob on the behalf of an accused woman, or on a systematic level as he was flipping tables in the temple, injustice in our world was something Jesus addressed head on!
So, how do we recognize “injustice?” Stay close to Jesus, reflect introspectively, and watch out for a few flying tables as he reorganizes justice in our world. It won’t be comfortable, but it sure sounds better than dissolving into slime!
This is what I heard in today’s reading, what did you hear?