“The poor shall eat and be satisfied; those who seek him shall praise the Lord. May your hearts live forever!” vs. 26
When all was said and done, the psalmist had deep and profound hope for the future. In spite of all evidence to the contrary, despite his feelings of despair and alienation, he believed that the Lord would satisfy the deepest longings of all hurting people. Even the poor, those whom the world so often ignores and marginalizes, would eat and be filled. We might wonder a bit at the psalmist’s optimism. Often it seems as though things are moving in the wrong direction for our beautiful earth. Nations war against nations and tensions are rising. There are more refugees now than ever before in human history. Leaders escalate preparations and seem to delight in the prospects of war…and no one seems to be learning from past mistakes. And the poor quite obviously aren’t prospering! What we have to remember is that the psalmist wasn’t banking on the goodness of tyrants and the benevolence of despots. His hope was based solely on his conviction that the Lord is good…and one day the Lord’s will would be done. If we open our eyes we can see signs that even now goodness is showing its face in surprising places, even when it doesn’t get top billing. The psalmist would advise us to “hang in there” in our despair…dominion after all, belongs to the Lord!
Thought for the Day: Where do I see goodness showing its face?