King David

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David, A poet from the 21st century

Good morning people!

This is coming to you straight from the office of GLS in Worli. It’s a new morning, a new day.

And before the day gets old and wrinkled, let me share something with you.

 

In our devotions this morning, we looked at Psalms 11 and 12.

Something in that ancient poem resonates strongly with this 21st century. It has become a source of much grief, anxiety, fear and hatred among us. It is

‘the wicked [that] bend their bows;
    they set their arrows against the strings
to shoot from the shadows
    at the upright in heart’. (Psalm 11:2 NIV)

We encounter it daily; from our friends, colleagues, the intellectual and influential models of our society, sometimes our own family. One only has to read the headlines, watch TV, read the current best seller or listen to any genre of music till an alert mind is overwhelmed by the arrows of the wicked.

‘Everyone lies to their neighbor;
 they flatter with their lips
    but harbor deception in their hearts’ (Psalm 12: 2 NIV).

 Everywhere we look we find the ‘wicked, who freely strut about

    when what is vile is honored by the human race’ (Psalm 12: 7-8 NIV)

These arrows are carefully set to denying the existence and Person of God, undermining absolutes of holiness and truth, breaking apart families, wreaking havoc on notions of justice and mercy.

 ‘the poor are plundered and the needy groan’ (Psalm 12: 5 NIV)

This is the reality of our world. It is unavoidable for where there are righteous, the wicked will attack. And just like King David, our hearts are troubled and we cry out:

‘When the foundations are being destroyed,
    what can the righteous do?’ (Psalm 11: 3 NIV)

But like King David again, we hold on and believe that:

‘The Lord is in his holy temple;
    the Lord is on his heavenly throne.
He observes everyone on earth;
    his eyes examine them.
The Lord examines the righteous,
    but the wicked, those who love violence,
    he hates with a passion’ (Psalm 11: 4-5 NIV).

And so today I begin my work secure in the knowledge that an unchanging, holy God is bidding His time till I can tell of Him to all those I love and come across. He will keep His promise and ‘silence all flattering lips and every boastful tongue’ (Psalm 12: 3 NIV). 

– Sarita Khisty

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