“Transgression speaks to the wicked
deep in their hearts;
there is no fear of God
before their eyes.
For they flatter themselves in their own eyes
that their iniquity cannot be found out and hated.
The words of their mouths are mischief and deceit;
they have ceased to act wisely and do good.
They plot mischief while on their beds;
they are set on a way that is not good;
they do not reject evil.
Your steadfast love, O Lord, extends to the heavens,
your faithfulness to the clouds.
Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains,
your judgments are like the great deep;
you save humans and animals alike, O Lord.
How precious is your steadfast love, O God!
All people may take refuge in the shadow of your wings.
They feast on the abundance of your house,
and you give them drink from the river of your delights.
For with you is the fountain of life;
in your light we see light.
O continue your steadfast love to those who know you,
and your salvation to the upright of heart!
Do not let the foot of the arrogant tread on me,
or the hand of the wicked drive me away.
There the evildoers lie prostrate;
they are thrust down, unable to rise.” NRSV
We place our faith in God’s steadfast love for us; never-ending, never taken away. We place our faith in God’s righteousness, the belief that God will always be true to God’s self, to always be who God promised to be. That is the real essence of faith. That is why faith can always cast out fear.
God places God’s faith in us, trusting that God’s steadfast love and righteousness will be sufficient cause for us to choose God, to put God first in our lives, and to love God with all of our heart, soul, mind, and strength. Yet, here, the Psalmist reminds us that not everyone is convinced God’s love and righteousness are sufficient.
It may just be me, but I have never experienced love from the baubles and beads people spend their lives chasing. Why, we even buy expensive warranties on these things because we do not trust them to live up to their basic purpose. That says we expect them to fail.
A relationship with God requires no additional warranties. God can always be trusted to be God.
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