Thursday, February 3, 2011

Make the world right

This is another Psalm by Asaph.   It starts out with many thanks to God- sometimes thanks isn't what's on my mind.  One day the washing machine started making very loud noises.  Then it started to dance.  I knew we had a problem.  I imagined soap flowing out of it and all it would cost to fix it.  Suddenly I got a brilliant idea, and unplugged it.  Even when everything seems to be out of control and I'm sure nothing will ever go right again, God reminds me there's always something to be thankful for.  It can be the small things like clothes to wash today, money to buy groceries, my husband, the cats.  Even having the Bible is something to say thanks about.  We got the washing machine fixed just fine and moved on.  It's interesting how things seem to stop me short sometimes.

Psalms 75

1 We thank you, God, we thank you — 
your Name is our favorite word;
your mighty works are all we talk about.
2 You say, "I'm calling this meeting to order,
I'm ready to set things right
3 When the earth goes topsy-turvy
And nobody knows which end is up,
I nail it all down,
I put everything in place again. 

When I see a miracle, like a person getting healed from an illness.  I feel like nothing is impossible for God!  He's almighty I've got it made.  Then something happens.  I forget.   He is "High God," "Rock of Ages" (I've heard those descriptions in hymns).

Psalm 75
4 I say to the smart alecks, 'That's enough,'to the bullies, 'Not so fast.'"
5 Don't raise your fist against High God.
Don't raise your voice against Rock of Ages
6 He's the One from east to west;
from desert to mountains, he's the One.

He is bigger than we could ever imagine!
Psalm 103:12
As far as the east is from the west,
So far has He removed our transgressions from us.
God weighs the scales, He brings one down on his knees, another up on her feet.  We all experience the ups and downs in our lives.  Maybe that's why I try to read the Bible each day, I need to be reminded a lot!  Plus I love some time with God, He's always solid.

Psalm 75
7 God rules: he brings this one down to his knees,
pulls that one up on her feet
8 God has a cup in his hand,
a bowl of wine, full to the brim.
He draws from it and pours;
it's drained to the dregs.
Earth's wicked ones drink it all,
drink it down to the last bitter drop!
9 And I'm telling the story of God Eternal,
singing the praises of Jacob's God
10 The fists of the wicked
are bloody stumps,
The arms of the righteous
are lofty green branches.

Perhaps the "arms of the righteous are lofty green branches" refers to a tree who takes its nourishment from God, that stands by the still waters. It bears fruit in serving God. The shade provides relief for those who come near them.  In a literal sense it doesn't sound so attractive.  But spiritually very cool.


  1. Amen---thank you, Karen. Blessings.

  2. Very cool indeed.:) Karen., once again you have really brought wonderful truths home to me. This thankful bit...oh it's a hard one! And yet I feel so ungrateful even saying that after all the huge and small blessings in my life. Yet it is hard to truly thank God. I have started to try though whenever I feel myself getting upset about something that isn't working or I'm not happy about...and sometimes it feels like pulling teeth to say "thank you" to God but I pray for the grace to do so anyway!

    God bless you and have a wonderful weekend my dear friend!

  3. God bless you Colleen! Our lives are like the Psalms- lots of challenges and happy moments as well. It is hard at times to be thankful. I appreciate your honesty and try to be honest myself, instead of painting a picture of the perfect Christian. We are absolutely not perfect, but! God is. Jesus helps us with our imperfections and even does things through us that makes us wonder how it happened.