In Psalm 1 the ‘wicked’ find camaraderie in their observations of the absurdity of everyone and everything. But what’s the alternative? Should we just smile stupidly in the face of a world where weirdness thrives like weeds? No, the vision of life from God is not delusional. Something is terribly wrong. We have rebelled against our creator and are at odds with the very goodness we crave.
Romans 7:22-24 For I delight in the law of God, in my inner being, (23) but I see in my members another law waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members. (24) Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?
“I’m not who you think I am.” I’ve heard it many times over the years. But what people fail to understand is that I’m not as shocked as they might have hoped. People are troubled. We crave good but lack the wisdom and power to only pursue it in good ways. We find alternative ways to experience shards of goodness. Then we are dismayed at the cuts we inflict on ourselves and others.
The problem of duplicity, of a heart that wants to want God and goodness but can’t stop being fascinated with the power to do what we will just to enjoy the delirium of being able to will is with every person you have ever met. What hope?
Romans 7:24-25 Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!