Psalms 1-10 – Coyote Justice

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Today’s passagesPsalm 5:10, Psalm 7:15-16, Psalm 9:15, Psalm 10:2

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Hey, guys. Today I wanted to take a time-out from the main storyline and tackle a sidequest instead. I’ve noticed a recurring theme in the Psalms of the wicked man’s schemes coming back to bite him. David often describes the wicked man as getting caught in his own traps or finding himself the victim of the plans he’d laid for others. You can see the theme in other books of the Bible, such as in Esther when Haman is hanged on the gallows he prepared for Mordecai, or in the book of Proverbs. It makes sense that Solomon, author of much of the book of Proverbs, would echo themes present in the works of his dad, King David.

In the first ten chapters of Psalms, I’ve found the following verses developing this theme:

Psalm 5:10: “Hold them guilty, O God; by their own devices let them fall! In the multitude of their transgressions thrust them out, for they are rebellious against You.”

Psalm 7:15-16: “He has dug a pit and hollowed it out, and has fallen into the hole which he made. His mischief will return upon his own head, and his violence will descend upon his own pate.”

Psalm 9:15:The nations have sunk down in the pit which they have made; in the net which they hid, their own foot has been caught.”

Psalm 10:2: “In pride the wicked hotly pursue the afflicted; let them be caught in the plots which they have devised.”

The evil man has his tools of the trade: pit traps and nets. And, like Wile E. Coyote, he always ends up caught in them instead of his prey, demonstrating the biblical foundation for the Road Runner cartoons. Like the “unwritten rules” of these animated shorts, God has created a universe in which evil is bound to backfire, the harm it intends eventually returning to its perpetrator.

Stay wise, fam, and remember the biblical wisdom of the Road Runner. See you next week.

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