29 All the rich of the earth will feast and worship;
all who go down to the dust will kneel before him—
those who cannot keep themselves alive.
30 Posterity will serve him;
future generations will be told about the Lord.
31 They will proclaim his righteousness,
declaring to a people yet unborn:
He has done it!
It’s a long, but very rich text. It happens to be one of my favourites psalms, besides numbers 23, 130 and 137. Yes, I’ve been a Boney M fan for decades.
What was psalm 22 about? Clearly we see the pain of the man crying out in the first two verses. These were the words Jesus called out while nailed to the cross in excrutiating (literally – from the cross) pain. Yet, was he really calling out in pain, or was He, as a rabbi, reciting a psalm, the same way that many people will recite psalm 23 in the hour of pain and worry?
Certainly, the psalm starts out full of the desperate, despairing cry of someone who feels totally abandoned and literally God-foresaken. Yet, as we read ever further on, we see a tunnel with the light turning ever brighter, culminating on a happy eding.
I find a full read of this psalm lifts me up when I feel totally fed-up and like I’ve had enough.
I’m also a fan of the motto of the British Army’s Royal Tank Regiment:
Through mud and through blood to the green fields beyond.
Most British Army regimental/corps mottos are pretty samey, eg:
Ubique (Everywhere) (yeah, but so’s chickenpox, and ebola, if you believe the Daily Mail)
Manui dat cognitio vires (Forewarned is forearmed, look before you leap, etc)
You get the picture, hopefully. Personally I find the RTR motto the most heartening of the mottos, and one I can truly relate to, given the less glamorous side to pads brat lifestyle, namely:
- The domestic violence
- Relatives being used as verbal and physical punchbag by those who have sociopathic tendencies
- Too much time spent in the Cpls/Sgts Mess – there again, what’s the alternative, stay home and beat the wife, taunt the kids?
Despite, maybe even because of, these things, to quote Johnny Cash in A Boy Called Sue, I grew up quick (but not mean, and my fists did not grow keen), and got a good education, became a nice guy with a GSOH, arriving in the “green fields beyond.” The trouble is, the green fields beyond sometimes become a quagmire, and then I end up feeling like I’m back in trench warfare against issues again. Sometimes, I’ll admit, I wonder if the green fields beyond will be my resting place.
Not without a fight, however! And on day 3 of Year Zero, I can feel a fightback coming along.
Have a tenacious day, won’t you!