The Last Word

Psalm 52

“Why do you boast, O mighty one,
of mischief done against the godly?
All day long you are plotting destruction.
Your tongue is like a sharp razor,
you worker of treachery.
You love evil more than good,
and lying more than speaking the truth.
You love all words that devour,
O deceitful tongue.
But God will break you down forever;
he will snatch and tear you from your tent;
he will uproot you from the land of the living.
The righteous will see, and fear,
and will laugh at the evildoer, saying,
“See the one who would not take
refuge in God,
but trusted in abundant riches,
and sought refuge in wealth!”
But I am like a green olive tree
in the house of God.
I trust in the steadfast love of God
forever and ever.
I will thank you forever,
because of what you have done.
In the presence of the faithful
I will proclaim your name, for it is good.”   NRSV

Oftentimes, our faith is challenged by those who prosper through dishonesty and deceit. Yet, we who play by the rules, who ground our lives in faith in God, seem to always get the short end of the stick, metaphorically speaking.

This is nothing new. This scenario has been present in every human community throughout time.

Here, the Psalmist reminds us of two things. The first is that the world and the kingdom of God operate on two different value systems. God’s kingdom currency is steadfast love (“I trust in the steadfast love of God”), not stock portfolios, dollar bills, or the number of houses and yachts a person owns, which is the currency of the world.

The second thing the Psalmist reminds us is that God always has the last word. This was wonderfully brought home to me years ago in an editorial cartoon.  It had two sayings written side by side as graffiti on a brick wall. The first saying was from the 19th-century German philosopher, Friedrich Nietzsche – “God is dead.” The second saying was, “Nietzsche is dead.” – God. Indeed, God always has the last word.

Like the Psalmist, I choose God’s currency. It has far more value in the end.

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