Come and see the works of the Lord, the desolations he has brought on the earth. - Psalm 46:8
All of the Psalms today are written by the sons of Korah, except for Psalm 50, which is written by Asaph.
Psalm 46: The sons of Korah claim that God now makes wars stop. That's funny, I've only ever seen him start wars. Also, when God lifts his voice, the earth melts. Lets hope God doesn't feel like raising his voice for anything. The strangest/most terrifying quote of this chapter is our quote of the day. I looked up the word desolations, just to see if there was an alternate (good) meaning to the word. Here's what I found:
Main Entry: des·o·la·tionI thought the Psalms were supposed to be happy fun time. I guess not. All the sons of Korah have to say about God is pretty nasty.
1 : the action of desolating
2 a : grief, sadness b : loneliness
3 : devastation, ruin [a scene of utter desolation]
4 : barren wasteland
Psalm 47: You should pray to God, exalt him, and shout to him cries of joy. Probably out of fear of desolation.
Psalm 48: Now the sons of Korah switch tracks a little and now claim that God has endless unfailing love. Love for who? He doesn't seem to love the enemies of David. Hell, he doesn't even seem to love David that much. He desolates the sons of Korah. He kills the enemies of the sons of Korah. Who does God have unfailing love for? He just loves us so much that he kills us.
Psalm 49: Psalm 49 is pretty interesting. It talks about what happens when we die. The sons of Korah say that those who do not follow God will just rot in the grave ("death will feed on them"), but those who do follow God will be brought to him. No mention of hell (or heaven for that matter).
Psalm 50: To the righteous, God says that he doesn't need their bulls or their goats for sacrifices. Thanks for the heads up on that one. Too bad people already sacrificed hundreds of thousands of animals in the first few books. To the people that aren't righteous, God says that he's going to tear you apart. Tear you apart with love?
A mother agreed to starve her son (to death) because he refused to say "amen" after his prayer.
Making matters even worse is the fact that her son was only 16 months old. The reason he didn't say amen? Not because his vocabulary was undeveloped, or because he was having a bad day. He was possessed by a demon.
I don't have much time to talk about this, but I'd encourage you to read the article.
(via The Baltimore Sun)