Job 41-42; Psalm 1
the rest of that praise song says: I want to see you high and lifted up shining in all of your glory…
Psalm 1: The one who is blessed is the one who does not follow the advice of the wicked. Job is an example because no matter how often his three friends counseled him to reject his righteousness and admit that he was a sinner, he did not capitulate to their demands. He stood firm. After 41 chapters, we find God telling those same friends that they were neither Job’s friends nor His! God told them that what they had spoken about God was not right, but Job had, and that is why he is the blessed man of Psalm 1.
We can sit all day and ask the “why’s,” but God is looking and listening to see our hearts. His desire is one thing: we recognize Him as the Almighty omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent God of the universe. No plan is beyond his purpose, his understanding. He desires that we come to the point that we see ourselves as Isaiah and Job: a contaminated sinful people in need of cleansing yet blameless in God’s sight. That first step is repentance before a holy God. Then we become holy people who can stand in His presence and see Him face to face.