Today’s passage: Psalm 5
“Does justice never find you? Do the wicked never lose? Is there any honest song to sing besides these blues?” -Switchfoot, “The Blues”
This is a recurring question in David’s psalms, one which he sometimes answers, but never without tension between how things are and how they should be. Throughout his life, David saw wicked men prosper. He saw a Philistine giant mock God and his people. He fled from a king driven to madness by rage, hiding in caves to save his own life from this abuse of power. He saw war and bloodshed. And how does he describe those who commit the evils he sees?
There is nothing reliable in what they say;
Their inward part is destruction itself.
Their throat is an open grave;
They flatter with their tongue. (9)
But David also expresses a conviction that God hates this evil and will not stand for it. He writes, “For You are not a God who takes pleasure in wickedness; no evil dwells with You” (4). In no uncertain terms, he states that God will bring to justice all the wrongdoers, the liars, the men of bloodshed and deceit (5-6). To misappropriate a line from Fight Club: on a long enough timeline, the survival rate for evil men drops to zero. David believes that justice plays the long game.
But if God hates injustice so much, why does he permit it in the interim? David doesn’t offer a concrete answer here. Instead, in the midst of disorientation, he continues to trust God. He even says, “But let all who take refuge in You be glad, let them ever sing for joy” (11). He compares God to a shield, blessing the righteous man. While wicked men thrive, however short their day in the sun may be, David relies on God’s protection and looks forward to a day when God will set things right.
That’s the passage for today. And now it’s time for our second-ever Chocolate Showdown!
Endangered Species 72% cacao forest mint vs. Equal Exchange 67% cacao mint crunch
This one’s a hard call to make, because I love mint, and both of these deliver a delicious combination of cool and dark. The difference in taste is, honestly, subtle. Endangered Species has a slightly darker flavor (5% darker, if you do the cacao math) and a slightly fruity finish. Equal Exchange, however, is more chocolatey and sweet. In the end, it’s the crunchy texture that gives Equal Exchange the edge to win this chocolate showdown. By the narrowest of margins, we have a victor!
Both of these chocolates, of course, are fair-trade. For more information on each, click the photo below and check out the information on the inside of the wrappers.