It’s Not How We Start But How God Finishes–Encouragement from Psalm 37, verses 12-20

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila

12 The wicked plotteth against the just, and gnasheth upon him with his teeth.

13 The Lord shall laugh at him: for he seeth that his day is coming.

14 The wicked have drawn out the sword, and have bent their bow, to cast down the poor and needy, and to slay such as be of upright conversation.

15 Their sword shall enter into their own heart, and their bows shall be broken.

16 A little that a righteous man hath is better than the riches of many wicked.

17 For the arms of the wicked shall be broken: but the Lord upholdeth the righteous.

18 The Lord knoweth the days of the upright: and their inheritance shall be for ever.

19They shall not be ashamed in the evil time: and in the days of famine they shall be satisfied.

20 But the wicked shall perish, and the enemies of the Lord shall be as the fat of lambs: they shall consume; into smoke shall they consume away

These verses bring to mind the evil stalking the nation and the world at large, these days, to whit: re-packaged totalitarianism/socialism/communism/fascism–and how it inevitably ends up: deadly, defeated, and destroyed, the populations in its wake, decimated.

But, but, but…the new socialism seems so noble and equitable and politically correct… (so the ill-educated, or perhaps just naive, proponents proclaim–if the listener can “hear” past the street-shrieking pierced with F-bombs and threats punctuated by physical assaults on children, women, and the elderly by black-bloc clad Antifa and Marxist BLM recruits, not to mention the euphemism-greased adverts of the would-be totalitarians in suits…).

So why do the lies, assaults, attacks and propaganda seem to work so well on so many?

Because there is power in fear, intimidation, lies, physical threats, and attacks, euphemisms notwithstanding (they just soften the psychological territory).

Particularly such evil perpetrated under cover of darkness, whether on the streets, back rooms in halls of power, or algorythmic machinations flipping and switching in the middle of the night.

Particularly when the fearful, intimidating, deceptive, and criminal events are censored out of the news so that people remain unaware (“the better to deceive them by”–and the easier to turn the blame on to the other side, if possible, if the whole truth is not disclosed)…

Orwell’s Perspective

George Orwell’s book 1984 is often cited these days with regard to what many think is happening in this very U.S. of A. But his book is cited for good reasons.

Orwell figured the game out and not long after the seeds of today’s totalitarian putsch, you might describe it, were selected and planted in the institutions in America beginning in the nineteenth century and growing fast in the twentieth.

What he figured out and presented in his famous satire was how to turn civilization into a frightening dystopia ruled by technology (“Big Brother”), psyops, and the inevitable pain, tactics he observed in the failed totalitarian systems in Europe in the last century.

But why also the pain, if technology and psyops alone are so powerful?

Orwell explains through the following dialogue between the main characters:

“How does one man assert his power over another, Winston?”

Winston thought. “By making him suffer,” he said.

“Exactly. By making him suffer. Obedience is not enough. Unless he is suffering, how can you be sure that he is obeying your will and not his own? Power is in inflicting pain and humiliation. Power is in tearing human minds to pieces and putting them together again in new shapes of your own choosing. Do you begin to see, then, what kind of world we are creating? It is the exact opposite of the stupid hedonistic Utopias that the old reformers imagined. A world of fear and treachery is torment, a world of trampling and being trampled upon, a world which will grow not less but MORE merciless as it refines itself. Progress in our world will be progress towards more pain. The old civilizations claimed that they were founded on love or justice. Ours is founded upon hatred. In our world there will be no emotions except fear, rage, triumph, and self-abasement. Everything else we shall destroy – everything…”

In the world of psychology related to dysfunctional relationships whether they be personal, religious or political cults, or criminal, aka psychopathic or sociopathic, such a “bonding mechanism” is called “trauma bonding“.

But all is not pain or ruin.

God’s Perspective

There is another (polar opposite) truth by which we are both encouraged and strengthened in this current battle by certain forces to make 2020 into 1984.

This truth is detailed in the verses of Psalm, 37 featured in this post, particularly verse 13:

The Lord shall laugh at him: for he seeth that his day is coming.

You might say that it’s not how we start but how God finishes any battle between good and evil.

For He Who “(knows) the end from the beginning,” and Who prophesied the real path on which humanity progresses (or in the case of those with an evil bent, regresses) has a bead on not only 2020 but every other year, day, hour, minute and second as well, because, well, He invented time–and prophecy.

And, inevitably, it does not go well for those who choose evil…

Here are a few more verses for reinforcement for believers who can get discouraged in the multiple frays that seem to be kicking up dirt and disaster these days:

No weapon that is fashioned against you shall succeed, and you shall confute every tongue that rises against you in judgment. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord and their vindication from me, declares the Lord.” (Isaiah 54:17)

For nothing is secret that will not be revealed, nor anything hidden that will not be known and come to light. (Luke 8:17)

And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. (John 8:32) (no matter what propaganda or pain would keep us in the dark because nothing is hidden from God, either.)

Our Perspective

Choose today who or Whom you will serve.*

And if the prophecy scholars are right about how close we are to the so-called “end times,” aka the end of the “Church Age,” given the current condition of the world, today would be good for the win–the everlasting kind, that is, because it definitely has the best outcomes.

Nevertheless, buckle up.

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*For those of you yet to yield to God’s power, salvation, and grace, here’s more information.

For another recent commentary on 1984, I invite you here.

Access entire series here.

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