“He who sits in the heavens laughs; the Lord has them in derision.” vs. 4
The psalmist imagines the Lord laughing at the scheming of the nations, as they struggle for power and control in this broken world. One after another they had attacked Israel, hoping in vain that they would be able to obliterate this proud and independent people. It is truly remarkable that they were not successful. Israel simply didn’t have the resources to stand against her enemies. But her faith was strong…and the people survived. Evidently there are things in a nation’s arsenal more important than bows and arrows or even bombs and bullets. It’s been hard to rulers to figure this out through the generations…even today there is a massive power struggle among them as they seek those coveted positions of glory and strength. They love to build up armies and use weapons of mass destruction to wipe out enemies and establish control. Trillions of dollars are used to maintain and support air forces, navies, and armies. Always there are shipments of arms and jockeying for position. And it’s all so very pointless. We live on a tiny blue planet in an obscure corner of the universe, on an earth that oozes life and vitality…and yet we try so hard to kill and destroy. No wonder God laughs at us and our petty little wars. Our scheming is perfectly ridiculous…and always fails to produce the peace that faith brings, the peace that is the desire of every human heart.
Thought for the Day: What are the prospects for world peace?