Monday, July 30, 2012

God First, Man Second; Psalm 119:74

May all who fear you find in me a cause for joy, for I have put my hope in your word. ~Psalm 119:74

Pay attention to the order. First, people fear God. Second, they find joy by looking at me. And why? Because I hope in the same God.

Now, I tell my wife all the time how much joy she should find in me. She just nods her head while never actually seeming to pay attention. She's cool like that. I have this idea that I bring mirth and merriment into any room upon entering, but I suppose that may not be entirely true either.

But it could be true. The writer of this song certainly hoped so. Not because he would get something out of it. He feared God. They feared God. Shouldn't two people who fear God be able to find joy in one another? I think so, but we shouldn't put the tweet before the status update. (Aren't we a little beyond horse and carts?)

Our insignificance does not mean unimportance. It does not mean we lack a role in this great big play.

It simply means we have our place.

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