Today's Psalm to me is about the inconsistencies in life. Why do 'bad' people thrive while 'good' people suffer. This is one thing that is really hard to comprehend. It never makes sense why God would allow this to happen. The thing is God allows a lot of things that he does not ordain.
There are often accolades and prizes to be won in this world for unscrupulous behavior. God has given us all freedom. choices, options - better know as Free Will. We are free to make our own choices and at times the wrong choices seem to work for us. Take a big example like Bernie Madoff - he made a lot of money and received huge praise from a number of people until the whole house of cards he had built came crashing down around him. This kind of success is fleeting at best, as are most successes that we have here in this world.
As Christians, we know that this world is not our home. We are only here for a short span of time compared to the time we will spend in heaven. So, we shouldn't count on worldly accomplishments to sustain us, we should have our hearts fixed on the abundance of heaven (Matthew 6:19-21).
This doesn't mean our actions here don't matter, it just means that we have to put things into perspective. God has given us a desire to live here in this life even though we understand that this is not our permanent home. That is yet another concept that is hard for me to grasp. Why make us in a way that we strive so hard to be happy here on earth, all the while knowing that true happiness can never be achieved?
It is my belief that the reason is fairly simple - to show others His love. That is ultimately the only 'good' thing I can do here. It doesn't matter how much wealth I accumulate, or how many awards I win. It only matters how many people I showed the love of God to.
That is my prayer.
© KDV 2009