|Sin and Rebellion|
The Story: Although Asaph is not unmindful that wickedness is rebellion against God, his focus, as we see in verse 12, is on the ease and riches of the wicked. How easy it is to overlook the spiritual reality of wickedness when we are admiring and coveting its various outward forms. The wicked make themselves a god; they establish their wants and reason as the final arbiter of all things right and good and true. They gather together to reinforce one another in their wicked choices (v. 10), and they persuade themselves, in the absence of any token of God’s displeasure, either that He doesn’t care or can’t do anything about it anyway. Meanwhile, they increase their self-indulgent ways, while the poor prophet, leading them in worship (recall Psalm 50), struggles to come through this temptation unscathed.
The Structure: As Augustine explained in City of God, two contrasting worldviews vie for human loyalty in the world. The one, based on Scripture and continuing the trajectory and heritage of the Church through the ages, seeks to be pleasing to God in all things and to submit all our will to His, knowing this is the way of glory and blessing. The other, the “city of man”, wants to throw off any obligation to God and make its own way in life. Yes, members of this city may give lip-service to God, even going to worship Him on Sundays. But in the everyday issues of life they seek only their own will and purpose and walk according to their relativistic and pragmatic inclinations. These worldviews intermingle and intermix in the world. The challenge to the believer is to know the one from the other and to resist the tendency of the city of man to infect, pervade, and transform us into itself by every possible means.
In what particular ways does the city of man press its concerns and agenda on you each day? Can you see any ways that this worldview has become established in your own life?
The Worldview Bible examines the teaching of Scripture according to the Story and Structure of Truth – the Framework of Christian Worldview – using only other Scriptures for illumination. Information about The Framework of Truth is available on this site. Unless otherwise indicated, all Scripture are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, copyright 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.