What does the Book of Psalms say about striving for peace in the midst of war?
"Why do nations gather
and peoples speak futility?
The kings of the earth stand up,
and rulers conspire together?"
"Lama ragshu goim
u l'umim yehgu-rik?
The question of 'why do great nations conspire to do harm?' - has been with us for many generations. On outward appearance, it seems as if the physical world of great nations and regimes is very powerful indeed. When the Roman army marched in unison with great armor and weapons, or when the Blitzkrieg blazed across the land, it was easy to take notice.
And today, when entire regions of the world coordinate strategies aimed to destroy a tiny peaceful nation, when brutal atrocities are carried against innocents and the world sits silent. It is easy to feel that the forces of man are great and that we who strive for good have no chance against overwhelming odds.
Although, it sometimes feels that all is lost, that the regimes who seek power over man have triumphed. The reality is the power of the Almighty is much greater.”
As Psalm 2 concludes:
‘Fortunate are all
who put their trust in Him.’
Great nations conspiring to carry out their conquests may seem powerful but these outward appearances are ephemeral, indeed.” “Yet, the One who creates and sustains all; the infinite complex universe and each one of us; while beyond our comprehension, surely encompasses the realm of the infinite where our soul may truly sing.”
(excerpt from the book "Software for Soul: Psalm for Everyone - discovering the inner meanings"
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