Friday, January 25, 2008

Psalm 27: Goodness

"I am still confident of this; I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living." (v.13)

I have one place of confidence,
one place of rest
and peace
and hope.
I have one place of surety,
where courage
can be found
and strength
waits for the taking.
I have one place of wisdom
where foolishness wanes
and truth grants freedom.
Alone I am not confident,
no pride in strength
or knowledge
or character.
I know who I am,
the duplicity of my heart,
the weakness of resolve,
the covert disloyalty
that makes me susceptible
to temptation's hook.
I have one place of confidence,
it isn't a theology
a book
a set of principles
a well-researched observation
a worldview.
No, my confidence is in You.
You are my hope because
You are Good.
I rest in the goodness of your
sovereignty,
in the goodness of your
power,
in the goodness of your
faithfulness,
in the goodness of your
wisdom,
in the goodness of your
patience,
in the goodness of your
mercy,
in the goodness of your
holiness,
in the goodness of your
grace.
I have learned
and I am learning
that the physical delights
of the created world
were not designed to be
the source
and hope
of my confidence.
No, all of those things
in their temporary elegance
were meant to be
signposts
that point me to the
eternal
never-failing
always available
never-changing
always holy
grace-infused
goodness that can only be found
in You.
I have learned
and I am learning
that confident living
always rests its foundation
on You.
I am confident
because of this solitary thing,
You are
and you are good.

1 Comments:

At 6:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I pursued you briefly, Paul, after the service with my confession of sin. I've known for a long time that I am angry at God, to the point that I've bored people mentioning it. Atheism may be more socially acceptible than saying that one believes in God but is angry anyway.

It would be convenient if I could blame my anger at God on the U. S. Army, but the truth is that my anger at Him surfaced long before I joined the Army.

 

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