March 9, 2006 @ 4:57 am by sean
Now I see why footballers get paid so much. Not because they are especially good at football, but because they are bloody brilliant actors! I watched the Arsenal v. Real Madrid game last night, which, even though it ended nil-nil, was the first actually exciting football game I have watched here. Anyway, one of the players on Real Madrid went in for a tackle on an Arsenal player and the Arsenal player went flying up in the air like they usually do in that situation, and came down holding his leg in pain. The Real Madrid player got a yellow card, but when they showed the replay, the Real Madrid player never even touched the Arsenal player! His ‘pain’ was completely fake! I suspect it usually is.
As long as no one I know here finds out about this site, I will be safe saying this: I was hoping Real Madrid would win. Shhh. From the start of watching, something in me chose Real Madrid; maybe it was that everyone else in the pub was for Arsenal. I have no connection to either team, though perhaps more to Arsenal because they are English. Either way, it was a draw, and since Arsenal won the previous game one-nil Arsenal wins the aggregate which apparently knocked Real Madrid out of the Champions League quarter finals.
Listen to me sounding like I know something about something I know so little about.
It’s hard to type to music. Not just on the beat, that is simple. But to type to go along with the music is rather difficult. And probably annoying to the people around to me.
My spelling has been awefully poor lately.
Angie mentioned to me how much she liked Psalm 116:7, so this afternoon during lunch I decided to read the chapter. The whole thing was so brialliantly delightful I decided to share it on here.
1I love the LORD, because He hears
My voice and my supplications.
2Because He has inclined His ear to me,
Therefore I shall call upon Him as long as I live.
3The cords of death encompassed me
And the terrors of Sheol came upon me;
I found distress and sorrow.
4Then I called upon the name of the LORD:
“O LORD, I beseech You, save my life!”
5Gracious is the LORD, and righteous;
Yes, our God is compassionate.
6The LORD preserves the simple;
I was brought low, and He saved me.
7Return to your rest, O my soul,
For the LORD has dealt bountifully with you.
8For You have rescued my soul from death,
My eyes from tears,
My feet from stumbling.
9I shall walk before the LORD
In the land of the living.
10I believed when I said,
“I am greatly afflicted.”
11I said in my alarm,
“All men are liars.”
12What shall I render to the LORD
For all His benefits toward me?
13I shall lift up the cup of salvation
And call upon the name of the LORD.
14I shall pay my vows to the LORD,
Oh may it be in the presence of all His people.
15Precious in the sight of the LORD
Is the death of His godly ones.
16O LORD, surely I am Your servant,
I am Your servant, the son of Your handmaid,
You have loosed my bonds.
17To You I shall offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving,
And call upon the name of the LORD.
18I shall pay my vows to the LORD,
Oh may it be in the presence of all His people,
19In the courts of the LORD’S house,
In the midst of you, O Jerusalem.
Praise the LORD!
There is so much goodness in there, it is a joy to read. The way it is in my Bible all of it but the last line is on one page, and then on a turn of the page, ‘Praise the LORD!’ sits there gloriously by itself before 117 starts.
And since 115 comes right before 116, I thought I had read that as well. These few verses talk about people of the time worshipping sculptures made of silver and gold, and refers to them in a familiar way:
4Their idols are silver and gold,
The work of man’s hands.
5They have mouths, but they cannot speak;
They have eyes, but they cannot see;
6They have ears, but they cannot hear;
They have noses, but they cannot smell;
7They have hands, but they cannot feel;
They have feet, but they cannot walk;
They cannot make a sound with their throat.
8Those who make them will become like them,
Everyone who trusts in them.
Today, money and success are often spoken of as the god and idols of the secular world, not so much the sculptures from so long ago. But money is much the same as these idols referred to in 115. Coins are not made of gold and silver so much any more, but whether gold, silver, copper, nickel, cloth, they all have imags of people on them with mouths that cannot talk, ears that cannot hear, noses that cannot smell, eyes that cannot see, hands that cannot feel, feet that cannot walk and throats that cannot make a sound. And as said elsewhere in the Bible, worldly things will pass away, just as the people who put their trust in them.