Tuesday, 28 January 2014

The wise understand how the world works..

Great stuff from Peterson on Psalm 14

1 The fool says in his heart,
    ‘There is no God.’
They are corrupt, their deeds are vile;
    there is no one who does good.....

7 Oh, that salvation for Israel would come out of Zion!
    When the Lord restores his people,
    let Jacob rejoice and Israel be glad!

 'The opposite of foolish in Scripture is wise.  Wise refers to skill in living. It doest not mean primarily, the person who knows the right answers to things, but one who has developed the right responses (relationships) to persons, to God. The wise understand how the world works; know about patience and love,  listening and grace,  adoration and beauty; know that other people are awesome creatures to be respected and befriended,  especially the ones that I cannot get anything out of;  know that the earth is a marvellously intricate gift to be cared for and enjoyed; know that God is an ever present centre, a never-diminishing reality and all-encompassing love...
The wise know that there is only one cure for the fool.  Prayer that is as passionate for the salvation of others as it is for myself:  "O that deliverance for Israel would come out of Zion!" Prayer that is convinced that there is no wellness until everyone is restored to a place a blessing: "When the Lord restores the fortunes of his people."  And prayer  that sees the community as a place not of acquisition but of celebration. "Jacob shall rejoice Israel shall be glad" (v7)'
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