1 Why do the nations conspire,
   and the peoples plot in vain?

2 The kings of the earth set themselves,
   and the rulers take counsel together,
   against the Lord and his anointed, saying,

3 ‘Let us burst their bonds asunder,
   and cast their cords from us.’

4 He who sits in the heavens laughs;
   the Lord has them in derision.

I know this happens. I know that “nations conspire,” “peoples plot” and kings and rulers “take counsel together, against the Lord.” It is what the humanly created structures of this world do.

But, I also know that it is not just other people. The fingers pointed at “the nations”, “the peoples”, “the kings of the earth” and “the rulers” point an equally accusing finger at my life.

I know that I “conspire”; I “plot in vain;” I “set” myself “against the Lord.” Again and again I fall prey to the illusion that I can run my life on my own. I scheme and I strategize about how I am going to make life conform to what I perceive to be my needs. I trust in my own devices, believing that through my determination I can exert my will over the circumstances of life and make the world turn according to my wishes.

HP reminds me that, “He who sits in the heavens laughs” at my efforts. He “has them in derision.” I stand in the face of the tsunamis of life and shake my puny little fist, as if I have the power to control the forces of nature. My efforts are laughable.

No matter how smart, powerful, materially wealthy or “successful” I may be, something will always come crashing into my life to confront me with the limitations of my ability to control almost anything.

How do I respond when I am confronted with the inevitable limitations to my ability to control the circumstances of life?

Lord, help me to hear the wisdom of Jesus who said, “Blessed are you who are poor,” (Luke 6:20)