Morning Reflections is a series of brief reflections on my daily morning readings; one chapter of Pslams and one of Proverbs.
Psalm 59 and Proverbs 29
Twice in this Psalm the author recalls of the gentile heathens: “Each evening they come back, howling like dogs and prowling about the city.” Whether the psalmist hears of their scoffing and indulgence from outside the city, inside the city, or is merely speaking in generalities of his enemies; one thing is clear: he will have no part in it. He would rather retreat to his own fortress, the God who shows steadfast love, the God who is his strength. Notice how he owns God. you are MY fortress, you are MY strength, you show ME steadfast love, you have been to ME a refuge. His people ought to take refuge in him, separating themselves from the indulgences of worldly scoffers.
v8 in the proverbs says “Scoffers set a city aflame, but the wise turn away wrath.” Abraham was wise in his hopes of turning away wrath from Sodom, a heathen city that meets and even exceeds the description in the psalm. Yet the author of this psalm seems more interested in their prolonged destruction, until they are consumed completely. How shall we reconcile the two? I guess these attitudes are simply two facets of the same diamond, two friends that need not be reconciled. The heart of the psalmist is found in v13, that his enemies “may know that God rules over Jacob to the ends of the earth”. Scoffers may repent or be silenced, but their ignorance will not continue unabated. The wise may turn away wrath from a city for a time, or from a person for an eternity by the gospel; but the psalmists desire shall in the end be realized.