Laban's antics preempt the Psalms
In my previous post, I planned to reflect on the first 7 chapters in Psalms today, but the drama in Genesis was too juicy not to mention. I promise to get into the Psalms later, but first...Jacob’s uncle/father-in-law is a piece of work! Isn’t he?
My husband and I listened to Genesis in the car this morning, and poor Jacob was catching it right and left. First Laban made him work 7 years to marry the girl of his dreams. Then after the 7 years, instead of giving Jacob the daughter he was promised, Laban slipped the older, less attractive Leah into their honeymoon quarters. When Jacob freaked out, as any man would do, Laban made him wait a week before marrying Rachel also, but not before making him promise to work another 7 years for her.
Then there was some brouhaha over speckled sheep, and Jacob fled for his life, thinking Laban would retaliate against him. When Laban finally caught up with Jacob, he was making all kinds of demands regarding “his daughters” and “his sons” that he believed Jacob was taking away from him. These were actually Jacob’s wives and the sons they bore him. So, what was Laban talking about? He must have had a ginormous ego.
For all of that, my husband decided that Laban deserved a swift kick. We had a good laugh about it in the car. Then we remembered that Jacob probably reaped what he sowed after tricking his brother, Esau, out of his birthright. You can’t do dirt and expect not to get dirty, right? As usual, Genesis did not disappoint in the intrigue department.
And now we return to our regularly scheduled programming...
Today’s post is supposed to focus on the Psalms we read in the previous week. Collectively, they felt like a roller coaster of emotions. From praise and thanksgiving to despair and judgment upon others. There’s something in them for whatever you’re going through, which is one of the things I love about the Word of God.
The first day of the Read Scripture Bible plan introduced us to the 1st Psalm, which told us that someone who enjoys meditating on God’s law day and night is blessed. That person prospers in everything, and cannot be swayed by concerns of the world. So, this year I’m committed to reading the Word each morning and writing about it each night.
Why? Because I’ve been a follower of Christ for over 30 years, and it’s way past time to complete the course of study that comes with the certificate that I already carry around in my heart. Not only that, but I’m ready for some next level type of faith, the kind where nothing shakes me. The kind where I can be useful to God and to others...beyond useful!
The 2nd Psalm reminds me of our raging nations today. While referring to a time in history, it also seems to simultaneously project to the times we’re living in now. In fact, it could probably refer to all time because, with God, there is no such thing as time. The spiritual forces that influenced humans on earth throughout history are still present influencing events today. I believe that's why history seems to repeat itself.
So, the very discussion that scholars and others have over whether or not the Bible is a time capsule, or whether it's prophetic, is a vain discussion. It's evidence of our human limitations in the way we understand the universe as God designed it. But, that's okay! God knows our limitations. The problem is that most of us do not.
What is Selah? I once read that Selah means pause. Chapters 3 and 4 of Psalms show us the value in taking a pause. Just before a musical crescendo, there’s usually a break in the music that let’s you know that your favorite part is coming up. It’s usually the part that hits you right in the diaphragm and fills your chest with warmth that radiates to our extremities causing you to move in rhythmic patterns called dance.
And in life, we often experience passion or anguish that continues to build. Selah tells me to pause and take a breath because the best part is coming. The joy is coming. Wait for it! Because, like David, it takes you higher than any alcoholic beverage could.
The 5th Psalm shows us how to worship and praise God. And I love it! But then the 6th Psalm hits us with the wrath of God. And, the 7th Psalm says that God is angry with the wicked every day. In ancient times, the people had no problem with accepting that God could be angry.
So why do we have a problem accepting this today? Why do we only want to believe in a God who is warm and fuzzy, who allows us to live however we want, and who doesn't require us to be faithful to Him? Why do we expect more from the Almighty God than we would be able to accept for ourselves? Were we not created in His image? Are we not also displeased when our loved ones are unfaithful and unloving towards us?
Which was your favorite Psalm last week? Feel free to comment below, or by visiting my Facebook page.
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