“Your love, O Eternal One, towers high into the heavens.
Even the skies are lower than Your faithfulness.
Your justice is like the majestic mountains.
Your judgments are as deep as the oceans, and yet in Your greatness,
You, O Eternal, offer life for every person and animal.” Psalms 36:5-6 VOICE
I spoke to a friend yesterday who keeps me up on the news and latest conspiracies, whether I want to hear them or not. I confess, as he was telling me what he thought we were up against, I fell into despair. It’s no secret that most, if not all, governments in the world are corrupt. Power and greed can become deadly, and many with power and money can feel empowered, with good intentions, to fix humanity. We’ve all seen the movies. Every villain believes what he is doing is right. Some of them evenutally come to their sense; some do not.
Now I am not trying to propagate any conspiracy, but only to make the point that what we are facing is nothing new. In the preceding verses to these above, in Psalm 36, David, who writes this psalm, is very aware of the evil that is out there. David never shys away from the fact that there is an enemy and sometimes it can seem like he is winning. Even Jesus tried to warn us of the enemy calling him “the thief who comes to steal and to kill and to destroy.”
Why is it important to know there is an enemy? So you can put into context the evil you see around you, see it for what it is, and not be overwhelmed by its seeming successes or turning all the blame on yourself. When the news of the day drives you to despair, it’s good to remember that there is a opposition, “prowling around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour,” but then way more important is to know that the enemy has ultimately lost.
When times are rough and we feel there is no end in sight, remember “His steadfast love that extends to the heavens.” When we feel that we are losing our faith, remember the one whose “faithfulness reaches beyond the clouds.” When we feel that we are not enough, remember the mighty mountains of His righteousness that cover you. When we feel helpless against the powers that be, remember Him whose “judgements are as deep as the oceans.” When we feels hopeless, we should be still and know the One, who is greather than our hearts, who holds all things together and gives “life for every person and animal.”
Spend some time in prayer confessing you unbelief. Close your eyes and be surrounded by his mighty mountains of righteousness that cover your unrighteousness and rest assured that He will achieve what He set out to do. Then ascend up into the heavens and stand in awe of His love and faithfulness that stretches far beyond the stars and galaxies. Then plunge into the depths of His justice, knowing that He has made all things right through the death, resurrection, and ascension of His Son!