Saturday, April 28, 2012

RE: Psalm 36

Psalm 36 is exquisite. Take a look at the structure of this psalm with me. It started by painting a picture of how awful people are, how evil their intentions are and how corrupt their desire are, and then it jumps without preamble into praising the might and mercy of the Lord. The jump is sudden and the contrast so jarring that it reminds me of the end of Romans 7. God's magnificence drowns out and consumes lesser realities.

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As humans we are objects of corruption. We can see it easily when we look around at each other, but the psalmist only briefly directs our attention to corruption and failure, and this he does only as a context for God's righteousness. The purpose of the psalmist is to directs our attention to the Lord who is so stunningly complete, so majestic, and so perfect that he contradicts all that is human. Yet this perfect God loves and protects imperfect men; as opposite as he is, he persists in his loving pursuit of of humanity, full of transformative love and compassion.

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