Posted by: Heather | October 26, 2008

How to be happy at election time

Happy are those who reject the advice of evil people, who do not follow the example of sinners or join those who have no use for God.
Instead, they find joy in obeying the Law of the LORD, and they study it day and night.
They are like trees that grow beside a stream, that bear fruit at the right time, and whose leaves do not dry up. They succeed in everything they do.
But evil people are not like this at all; they are like straw that the wind blows away.
Sinners will be condemned by God and kept apart from God’s own people.
The righteous are guided and protected by the LORD, but the evil are on the way to their doom.
Why do the nations plan rebellion? Why do people make their useless plots?
Their kings revolt, their rulers plot together against the LORD and against the king he chose.
“Let us free ourselves from their rule,” they say; “let us throw off their control.”
From his throne in heaven the Lord laughs and mocks their feeble plans.
Then he warns them in anger and terrifies them with his fury.
“On Zion, my sacred hill,” he says, “I have installed my king.”
“I will announce,” says the king, “what the LORD has declared. He said to me: ‘You are my son; today I have become your father.
Ask, and I will give you all the nations; the whole earth will be yours.
You will break them with an iron rod; you will shatter them in pieces like a clay pot.’ “
Now listen to this warning, you kings; learn this lesson, you rulers of the world:
Serve the LORD with fear; tremble and bow down to him; or else his anger will be quickly aroused, and you will suddenly die.
Happy are all who go to him for protection.

Do these words look familiar? This is Psalm 1 and 2 read together (Good News Bible) without the verses broken up, and without the chapter heading to distract. Now I realize that they were written at separate times, but they flow well together don’t they.

Craig

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