Who can stand before his indignation?
Who can endure the heat of his anger?
His wrath is poured out like fire,
and the rocks are broken into pieces by him.
The LORD is good,
a stronghold in the day of trouble;
he knows those who take refuge in him.
But with an overflowing flood
he will make a complete end of the adversaries,
and will pursue his enemies into darkness.
What do you plot against the LORD?
He will make a complete end;
trouble will not rise up a second time.
For they are like entangled thorns,
like drunkards as they drink;
they are consumed like stubble fully dried.
From you came one
who plotted evil against the LORD,
a worthless counsellor.
Comment: We continue to see different things as we try to understand this poetic prophecy.
- God is invincible and no one can stand successfully against Him.
- For those who ‘take refuge in Him‘, He is the answer to their needs.
- On the other hand His adversaries shall lose; they can plot all they like – they’ll lose! The poem describes them as a tangled mess, a drunken mob, burnt stubble!
- The passage ends with a phrase the meaning of which is not initially clear. I think we find an historical answer in the Biblical records. There were some inside the Jewish hierarchy who were trying to persuade the Jews to trust in neighbours for help, rather than in God. (2 Kings 19: 22 and following).
Prayer: You use other means sometimes, but help me to constantly trust You, my God.