Is the psalmist naïve? Is he completely ignorant of suffering in the world? I think not.
We aren’t alone in being misunderstood; God is often misunderstood, too. Two of the passages for today address God’s judgment, but—because that judgment doesn’t immediately follow—people are lulled into misunderstanding God.
Unity, says the Lord, is good and pleasant. But often, unity does not come without a shared vision, a shared understanding. How then, can we shift our understanding—of God, of God’s kingdom, of our role within God’s kingdom work—so that we become more unified with Jesus and our neighbor?
Try reading the passages with the view that Jesus not only became an archetype himself, but was demonstrating what abundant life and a right relationship with God could look like.
Be encouraged by scripture today.
The grace of Jesus doesn’t give us license to go on sinning and being stubborn, but it does mean that when we cry out to God for forgiveness, we can be made right before God through the sacrifice of Jesus; in this righteousness, we are made more holy through the power of the Spirit.