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Friday, August 20, 2010

A Disney Fantasy?

Many of the rich, famous and powerful stars seem to be spared of all the anguish of ordinary people while living an apparent disregard for God. In the glare of the camera lights and flashing camera bulbs, their lives appear to be a Disney fantasy. The tabloids and the public idolize them and many imitate their hairstyles and looks. Why not? They are glamorous! The Psalmist David wrestles with the same problem here . . .

Psalm 73
Surely God is good to Israel, to those who are pure in heart. But as for me, my feet had almost slipped; I had nearly lost my foothold.

For I envied the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked. They have no struggles; their bodies are healthy and strong. They are free from the burdens common to man; they are not plagued by human ills.

Therefore pride is their necklace; they clothe themselves with violence. From their callous hearts comes iniquity the evil conceits of their minds know no limits. They scoff, and speak with malice; in their arrogance they threaten oppression.

Their mouths lay claim to heaven, and their tongues take possession of the earth. Therefore their people turn to them and drink up waters in abundance.

They say, "How can God know? Does the Most High have knowledge?" This is what the wicked are like - always carefree, they increase in wealth.

[However], till I entered the sanctuary of God; then I understood their final destiny. Surely you place them on slippery ground; you cast them down to ruin. How suddenly are they destroyed, completely swept away by terrors! As a dream when one awakes, so when you arise, O Lord, you will despise them as fantasies.

Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.

Those who are far from you will perish; you destroy all who are unfaithful to you. But as for me, it is good to be near God. I have made the Sovereign Lord my refuge; I will tell of all your deeds.
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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

How few know of the value of time spent before the Tabernacle. There are really only 2 boxes in this world, tv and tabernacle Even the poor can sadly fall into the trap of entering into fantasy with TV and thus become TV casualties!! pat h.