IS IT FAIR?
David’s contemplation of the past in Psalm 8 is followed by the reality of the present. Absalom is dead now, and any hopes and dreams David had of his handsome son becoming a God-fearing prince and leader in Israel died with him. But life must go on in spite of the heartache and sorrow. In David’s mind he never saw himself as a victim of circumstances, but as a warrior king being given every opportunity to test his faith in God. He found that going through such trying situations helped him learned to trust his God more and more. David experienced a simple truth during his years of running from King Saul, that in order to get from one mountain top to another you must go through a valley.
“O LORD Eternal, my heart bursts with joy as I worship You, I can’t wait to tell others how loving and caring You are. O Yes, I’m so proud of You that I want to sing songs of praise telling all about who You really are, my God above all gods; about how You, O LORD Eternal, personally care for those who experience depression or distress and put Your arms around them so they feel safe. That’s why those who know You best, trust You completely; they know that You, O LORD Eternal, will never abandon them even though they’ve lost all hope. That’s why I tell them to sing songs of praise to the LORD Eternal, who lives among His people; and let their neighbors know all that He has done for them. That’s because those who are downtrodden will not be repeatedly forgotten, nor will those who are oppressed be left without anyone to turn to.” Psalm 9:1-2, 9-11, 18
Reflection: Supreme Court Associate Justice Horace Gray was born in Boston to a prominent merchant family. He was such a prodigy that at the age of 13 he enrolled in Harvard and graduated in four years. Four years later at the age of 21 he earned his law degree. While a member of the Massachusetts Supreme Court he was asked to rule on a case where the man involved escaped conviction on the basis of a technicality. He informed the man that he believed he was guilty and that the man knew he was guilty. He told the man to be aware that one day he would stand before a better and wiser Judge where justice would be served without the technicalities of the law. Years later, while burglarizing a house in Antwerp, Belgium, this man fled out the back door after being discovered, clambered over a nine-foot high wall, dropped down on the other side only to find himself in the exercise yard of the city prison. Justice Gray’s words had been validated. Some may despair over Nazi criminals that got away, or Russian gulag guards that went unpunished, or modern terrorists that never pay for their carnage. But never forget, they are all predestined to stand before the Great Judge one day, and justice will be carried out in full. We all may yearn that they be punished now, but God is more interested in how we react and respond to such situations to reach our own destiny, because He has their end already laid out.