Sing a little song of joy for all that crap.



It is fitting to thank the LORD, and to sing praises to your name, O sovereign One! It is fitting to proclaim your loyal love in the morning, and your faithfulness during the night, to the accompaniment of a ten-stringed instrument and a lyre, to the accompaniment of the meditative tone of the harp. For you, O LORD, have made me happy by your work. I will sing for joy because of what you have done. How great are your works, O LORD! Your plans are very intricate! The spiritually insensitive do not recognize this; the fool does not understand this. When the wicked sprout up like grass, and all the evildoers glisten, it is so that they may be annihilated. But you, O LORD, reign forever! (Psa 92:1-8)

Do I need to mention that there is a lot of crap in the world? You noticed, huh? It's not just the big stuff, ya know, the wars, disease, killing, hatred, etc. There's the little, constantly irritating stuff, too. Things break just when you most need them to work. Traffic is worst right when you need to get somewhere fast. Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water, the big shark shows up. Sheesh. All that crap.

King David had it all around him, too. Big crap. Guys trying to kill him and such. Sometimes in the Psalms David just moans and groans about how bad it is. But this Psalm, number 92 in case you missed it, is different. This is the mature David, I think. The David who had been-there-done-that and seen, yes SEEN WITH HIS OWN TWO EYES, just how GREAT God's deliverance can be. Yep.

So - finally David gets it.

We can bitch and moan about all the crap, or--

We can jump for Joy at God's handiwork. How about that? Can you do that? I'll tell ya, it takes practice, and I don't say I'm as good as David is here in this Psalm. So I need to read things like this from time to time to remind myself.

Joy! After all that crap. Seems impossible, except when you realize, through faith, through experience, through the witness of others, that it ALL went according to plan and served God's purposes. That type of Joy is possible when we focus our attention on what God has done, is doing, and is going to be doing rather than focusing in on the nit-picky crap of existence in a fallen world.

Now - notice that part about "intricate" plans of God. We don't usually see the solution until God has entered in and worked His plan to completion. We usually can't see how all those nasty brutes that generate all that crap can POSSIBLY be part of God's plan. But not to worry. God sometimes lets the wicked run free for a while just to show that He can handle it even when it looks like nothing but a bunch of crap. Yep.

So the thing to remember is that when God does bring deliverance and knocks the crap out of the nasty brutes, pick up your harp, do a little dance, sing a song of Joy to show God that you saw what He did. And that it is appreciated.




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