Wednesday of Epiphany Week
Read this psalm with Herod in mind, along with the scheming retinue that surrounds and chokes him of life. They are fools that do not know God. The root in Hebrew for “fool,” nabal, means to “fall away,” or “to wither.” Just as in Jesus’ “Parable of the Sower,” when seed falls on rocky ground, the plant withers and falls away, because the roots do not go deep.
Feel again the contrast between corrupt, worldly power typified by Herod, and the salvation expressed in the final verse that has come in Jesus. Do not play the fool by failing to engraft your spiritual roots onto the vine, which is Christ.
You followed Jesus to Bethlehem and adored him there; no go with him to safety in Egypt and feel an inward serenity until all that is “Herod” in your life withers away and dies.
Wednesdays are dedicated to the Psalms.