This blog provides a meditation on the Episcopal daily readings along with a headline from world news:
Judgement on the Deceitful
1 Why do you boast, O mighty one, of mischief done against the godly?* All day long2you are plotting destruction.
Your tongue is like a sharp razor, you worker of treachery.
3 You love evil more than good, and lying more than speaking the truth. Selah
4 You love all words that devour, O deceitful tongue.
5 But God will break you down for ever; he will snatch and tear you from your tent; he will uproot you from the land of the living. Selah
6 The righteous will see, and fear, and will laugh at the evildoer,* saying,
7 ‘See the one who would not take refuge in God,
but trusted in abundant riches, and sought refuge in wealth!’*
8 But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God.
I trust in the steadfast love of God for ever and ever.
I will thank you for ever, because of what you have done.
In the presence of the faithful I will proclaim* your name, for it is good.
The strutting, self-satisfied, wicked people of the world are characterised by this splendid psalm. We know the kind of people who boast of the evil they have done (like the posturing mass killers from Bosnia/Rwanda/ Congo; the apparently rational loners like Anders Breivik; or perhaps worse, the masters of the earth who can order the elimination of anyone who opposes them; or the idle rich who are supported by the mass of people in all societies). And of course hardly any nations states are free from evil actions which their laws would condemn in any citizen.
The psalm promises a day when the decent people of the world will be able to laugh them to scorn, because God will have shown his hand and humiliated them. I hope for the day when all those who have been put down by the powerful of the earth will have their moments of mirth.