As a songwriter, it's crazy to think that the Psalms are actually songs and folks actually sang them in their entirety. (although, I have to think that some of the Psalms were, for lack of a better term, "special music" in the Jewish gatherings, and not all congregational anthems that we or they should prescriptively sing in our corporate gatherings. . . . but I digress. . . )
They're just so thick, wordy, and brutal, at times. The bible remains way, way too cool for us, we're not yet "edgy" enough for It. Again, I digress. . . . . .
The point: Here's a really encouraging Psalm that I ran across tonight, especially if you've ever been fired wrongly, or swindled financially. . . in these economic times, it's good to have the fresh wind of scripture to blow through our big mess. (emphasis and parentheses, mine)
Why should I fear in times of trouble
when the iniquity of those who cheat me surrounds me,
those who trust in their wealth and boast of the abundance of their riches?
Truly no man can ransom another (you're worth more than your job, or the way someone mistreated you)
or give to God the price of his life
for the ransom of their life is costly
and can never suffice
That he should live on forever
and never see the pit. . .(vengence is mine says the Lord)