Looking Out For Number One
Posted: Thursday, March 15
Verse of the Day:
No! You plot injustice in your hearts.
You spread violence throughout the land. (Psalm 158:2 NLT)
There’s a saying that I heard tossed around at a former workplace. It goes, “you have to look out for number one.”
The sentiment is that, above all, you need to protect and advance what’s best for you.
There is an ugly, self-seeking nature that dwells inside of us. It’s this longing to reach whatever we perceive to be the top, no matter how many people we have to bulldoze over to get there. It leads to planning in secret how to leverage authority and influence to manipulate, coerce and take advantage of others for personal gain.
In Psalm 58:1, David challenges those in positions of power. He asks, “Justice—do you rulers know the meaning of the word? Do you judge the people fairly?”
Then, he issues a rebuke.
"No! You plot injustice in your hearts.
You spread violence throughout the land. (v. 2)"
An individual who strives for what’s best for themselves at the expense of others creates division and gains enemies. Few rejoice when they succeed.
It is God’s desire that we will treat people with fairness and equality. He wants to us to elevate the marginalized.
Instead of plotting how to advance our own interests, may we be people who build up those around us.
If you have been treated unfairly, take comfort knowing that God has seen all that’s been done to you. There will be a day when, "the godly will rejoice when they see injustice avenged. (v. 10)"