When Will We Ever Learn?

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Psalm 20:1-9 1 I pray that the Lord answers you whenever you are in trouble. Let the name of Jacob’s God protect you. Let God send help to you from the sanctuary and support you from Zion. Let God recall your many grain offerings; let him savor your entirely burned offerings. Selah Let God grant what is in your heart and fulfill all your plans. Then we will rejoice that you’ve been helped. We will fly our flags in the name of our God. Let the Lord fulfill all your requests! Now I know that the Lord saves his anointed one; God answers his anointed one from his heavenly sanctuary, answering with mighty acts of salvation achieved by his strong hand. Some people trust in chariots, others in horses; but we praise the Lord’s name. They will collapse and fall, but we will stand up straight and strong. Lord, save the king! Let him answer us when we cry out! (CEB)
[Scripture taken from the Common English Bible®, CEB® Copyright © 2010, 2011 by Common English Bible.Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.]

Asking God for protection
                          our heart’s desire
                          fulfillment of our plans
      seems laudable
      until reminded that the Psalm is about
           war-time victory

What about the other side
     our enemies
          are they asking God
          for the same things?

Let’s leave God
     out of war
     if we are insistent about
          blowing up
     let us be honest about it
     and admit that we take pleasure
          in such atrocities
it’s not about God; it’s about us!
it’s about our need for power
     in truth
          we like playing God

There is, however,
an alternative
     that invites us to seek first
          the peaceable Commonwealth
     negotiation taking precedence over battle
     concessions a higher priority than stubbornness
     peace as a way of life rather than fear, hatred, and war

“Oh when will they ever learn?”
“Oh when will they ever learn?”

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