I guess I’m stuck on the Psalms this week. This passage is a bit more from an earlier post this week. It is a Psalm of David when he, David responds to Nathan’s accusation of his wrongdoing. He is self-reflective and humble.
“For you are not pleased with sacrifices; should I offer a burnt offering, you would not accept it.
My sacrifice, O God, is a contrite spirit;
a heart contrite and humbled, O God, you will not spurn.”(Ps 51)
I guess the thing to notice in this whole Psalm is David’s view of himself in the mirror not reflected in others. He does not lash out at others to point the finger away from himself. He accepts the facts as they are and acknowledges that he, even as king, is flawed. Deeply flawed. When I was teaching about scripture, how to read it and to be able to recognize one self in it, I have always admired David. Behind the glory stories of his seemingly arrogant confrontation with the Philistine champion, Goliath, is a compassionate feeling human being. We all know the great story about how David spared Saul’s life while the king slept with his men. As it goes, Saul was very jealous of David’s popularity and set out to kill him. While on a journey to do just that, Saul and his army took refuge in a cave for the night. David sneaked into the cave while they slept and took a sword and water jug from right next to Saul’s head. The image is that David had a chance to kill Saul himself but respected the fact that Saul was still king and didn’t kill him. This insight into the way David thought is worth pondering on this Friday after Ash Wednesday. We don’t always need to win. Sometimes hitting the higher road is the way to go.
While watching and listening to the 20 Republican debates over the last few months I have come to the conclusion that none of them have ever heard of the high road, just their road. With so many lies and hyperbole tossed about like so much confetti at a Mardi Gras parade, nothing sticks, it blows away. Fear mongering, half (or no) truths spoken about as written in stone truth give me the impression that the country, let alone our lives, would be in deep do-do if we even considered, let alone elect, any one of them for POTUS. I know you feel that way too. Oh, by the way, stop watching Fox, it will give you hives…and that’s the God’s-honest-truth.
and so it goes…