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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

The Glare of Camera Flashes

Some of the rich, proud, powerful and the famous seem to be spared of all the human ills despite their apparent disregard for God. They don't suffer like the poor and the homeless. In the glare of camera flashes, their problems seem to be unreal as they live in the glitter of starlight. The public idolizes and imitates them. It all looks so sexy, so appealing. Why not? The Psalmist wrestles with the same problem as old as ancient Israel and yet as modern as today's tabloids.

Psalm 73
I saw that proud and sinful people were doing well.
And I began to long for what they had.
They don't have any troubles.
Their bodies are healthy and strong.

They don't have the problems others have.
They don't suffer as other people do.
Their pride is like a necklace.
They put on meanness as if it were their clothes.

Many sins come out of their hard and stubborn hearts.
There is no limit to their proud and evil thoughts.
They laugh at others and speak words of hatred.
They are proud. They warn others about the harm they can do to them.

They brag as if they owned heaven itself.
They talk as if they controlled the earth.
So people listen to them.
They lap up their words like water.

They say, "How can God know what we're doing?
Does the Most High God really know that much?"

Here is what sinful people are like.
They don't have a care in the world. They keep getting richer and richer. Psalm 73:3-12
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