12 When righteous men do rejoice, there is great glory: but when the wicked rise, a man is hidden.
12 When the righteous triumph, there is great elation; but when the wicked rise to power, people go into hiding.
Most people in our world understand what this verse is saying.
There are people in Third World countries who hide from terrorists, tyrants, and warlords who steal from, maim, kill, or worse the people in their nations or allow others to do so.
We have the past century of history with the likes of Hitler, Stalin and Lenin, and Kim, who have ruled over their empires, nations, or blocs with the iron fist of communism, suppressing freedoms and dissent from the status quo.
When someone comes along who helps relieve or end the suffering of the average person, the average person wants to celebrate.
… Or in the Workplace …
When you work with a horrible boss, it becomes easier to just duck your head down and get your work done. You hide in your work to avoid confrontation. Or you quit.
When your boss is a joy to work with, you enjoy going to work.
… Or at Home …
When you have a spouse that complains about everything or is abusive, you might hide in your work, hide with your friends, or hide in a hobby.
When you have a spouse who is loving and caring, you enjoy being with your spouse.
… Or at Church …
When your church is less of a family and more of a gossip-factory or, strangely, a pep-rally of moralism or “your best life now”, you may find that you want to hide behind a smile than confess your short-comings, failures, and sins.
When your church is a family that holds you accountable to God’s Word with love and compassion, you rejoice in the freedom offered through Christ’s sacrifice and forgiveness. You rejoice in the family of God.
Lord, give us strength and wisdom when we face wickedness in power, and help us to find support and strength through Your children in the Church.