24th June 2011

Spring Flowers

Don’t worry about the wicked or envy those who do wrong. For like grass, they soon fade away. Like spring flowers, they soon wither.”
Psalm 37:1-2 (NLT)

The snowdrops and the bluebells of spring have gone so quickly.

In Psalm 37 David emphasizes that the prosperity of the wicked is fleeting because, unless they repent, they will die and wither just like cut grass or the flowers of spring. Each verse begins with a successive letter of the Hebrew alphabet. This was a technique used to help people remember ideas when the psalm was read aloud.

Taking David’s message into account, one could come up with a similar concept, using the letters of the English alphabet.

“A man was upset
Because the wicked
Could get away with
Deceitful acts of
Every kind
From murder,
Greed, and
In all such things they
Just had their way,
Manipulating countless
Numbers of uncaring crimes.
Oppressive, aggressive
People with no
Questions about
Repentance and regret.
Spring flowers will
Tell their fate.
Unless they turn
Very soon to God they
Will wither into
Yellow dust, but, take hope:
Zion will arise!”

Father, help me to remember the hope we have in Christ Jesus, even though we see the wicked prosper around us.

Study by James Henderson

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One Response to “24th June 2011”

  1. Fiona J on June 25th, 2011 6:23 pm

    A beautiful ‘crostic, deftly exemplifying form, given how impressively Jews knitted letter mnemonics neatly over psalms. Quite realistically succeeded to ultimately verbalise with x–you’re zealous!

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