Psalms – Chapter 123: A song of ascents.

A few more chapters in Psalms to discuss before moving to 2 Samuel.  Today’s chapter, Psalms 123, is very short at only four verses.  It is not the shortest Bible chapter, however.  That distinction goes to Psalms 117 which is only two verses in length.

“As the eyes of slaves look to the hand of their master, as the eyes of a female slave look to the hand of her mistress, so our eyes look to the Lord our God, till he shows us his mercy.” – Psalms 123:2

On one hand I agree.  God treats his followers like slaves.  Many die despite the good they do.  Others don’t die but suffer from hunger and horrible diseases.  However, David is a king now and it is ridiculous that he compares his station in live to that of slaves.  Seriously?  You are saying you have it just as bad as your slaves who God says can be beaten as long as they aren’t killed?  David needs a swift kick in the balls.

“We have endured no end of ridicule from the arrogant, of contempt from the proud.” – Psalms 123:4

If by ‘the arrogant’ and ‘the proud’ you mean God, then sure.

See, a very short chapter.  I’m particularly disturbed by the second verse.  David doesn’t realize he has ‘God-chosen privilege’ and compares himself to slaves.  Slaves are taken from their families.  Slaves are forced into hardship.  Slaves have their families stolen and/or killed/raped.  Slaves have nowhere near the freedom David has.  David is equating a few bad things that happen in everyone’s life to slavery.  It’s not all that different from the privilege many in today’s society have but refuse to acknowledge.

Coming Soon:  Psalms – Chapter 124:  A song of ascents. Of David.


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