Political Rumblings

Looking Outward
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I was reading Psalm 2 yesterday, as I decided it was time to start acting on this crazy idea that I had a while ago of writing a song based on every psalm. I got one written for the first psalm, but then stopped. So I thought that I’d read the first psalm, and then let it mull for a couple of days. The links between this psalm and current events sure crossed my mind when reading it.

Why do the nations conspire
and the peoples plot in vain?
The kings of the earth rise up
and the rulers band together
against the LORD and against his anointed, saying,
“Let us break their chains
and throw off their shackles.”The One enthroned in heaven laughs;
the Lord scoffs at them.
He rebukes them in his anger
and terrifies them in his wrath, saying,
“I have installed my king
on Zion, my holy mountain.”

I will proclaim the LORD’s decree:

He said to me, “You are my son;
today I have become your father.
Ask me,
and I will make the nations your inheritance,
the ends of the earth your possession.
You will break them with a rod of iron;
you will dash them to pieces like pottery.”

Therefore, you kings, be wise;
be warned, you rulers of the earth.
Serve the LORD with fear
and celebrate his rule with trembling.
Kiss his son, or he will be angry
and your way will lead to your destruction,
for his wrath can flare up in a moment.
Blessed are all who take refuge in him.

With the revolution in Egypt, and now in Libya and Bahrain, the political world in the Middle east is undergoing a radical transformation. The most crazy thing is that all of this is happening all at once. Generally what has happened is that the leaders have stopped listening to the people, just as the leaders at the time of this psalm had stopped listening to God. The results are the same. The people will be angry, and it will lead to their destruction. As we’ve seen, the wrath of the people can flare up in a moment.

Will I be able to turn this psalm into a song? I don’t know. I’ll need some more time to mull on that issue.

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Author: Ben Clapton

I'm an Officer in The Salvation Army, currently appointed with my wife as Corps Officers at the Rochester Corps in country Victoria (20 minutes out of Echuca). I play violin and guitar, amongst many others, and love golf and running.

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