Give ear to my words, O Lord, consider my meditation.
2 Hearken unto the voice of my cry, my King, and my God: for unto thee will I pray.
3 My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O Lord; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up.
4 For thou art not a God that hath pleasure in wickedness: neither shall evil dwell with thee.
5 The foolish shall not stand in thy sight: thou hatest all workers of iniquity.
6 Thou shalt destroy them that speak leasing: the Lord will abhor the bloody and deceitful man.
7 But as for me, I will come into thy house in the multitude of thy mercy: and in thy fear will I worship toward thy holy temple.
8 Lead me, O Lord, in thy righteousness because of mine enemies; make thy way straight before my face.
9 For there is no faithfulness in their mouth; their inward part is very wickedness; their throat is an open sepulchre; they flatter with their tongue.
10 Destroy thou them, O God; let them fall by their own counsels; cast them out in the multitude of their transgressions; for they have rebelled against thee.
11 But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee.
12 For thou, Lord, wilt bless the righteous; with favour wilt thou compass him as with a shield
A Harsh Psalm
This is a harsh Psalm. In it, God hates evil and evildoers. The psalmist asks God to destroy the wicked and those who have rebelled against God. God is a defender of the good and will bless the good person and let him or her experience joy, mercy and love.
A Tough God
You might try to brush away the harshness by saying that’s just Old Testament God-talk. However, in the psyche where God resides internally, there is a no-nonsense realm where grey areas do not exist. In this realm there are two paths: good and evil. Putting definitional difficulties aside . . . putting moral sensibilities aside . . .God does sometimes act like the God in the Book of Job.
What does this mean for a trader? Shorting the S&P 500 on 2/25/13 (which I did and made money) could be deemed evil. After all, it isn’t good for the economy. But really, how do you discern good and evil in terms of trading? Very carefully. It’s really an individual matter.
What spiritual issues are you wrestling with? How is God expecting you to change? What attitude did you bring to your trading today? Were you an egocentric wunderkind? If so, you may end up as Humpty Dumpty.
Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall;
All the king’s horses and all the king’s men
Couldn’t put Humpty together again.
Only God could put you together again. For some people, a certain phase of their trading is designed to break them apart so they can be put together again as a deeper and yet more spiritual individual. So it’s helpful to know what spiritual phase you’re going through in order to understand what your trading is reflecting back to you.
Hand of God
Dreams delineate the theme of two paths—and the right path is obvious. An example: a man is standing between his mistress and his wife and family. A giant hand descends from the sky and moves the man towards his wife and family. The dreamer believed the hand to be the hand of God. I don’t remember which book this dream came from.
Jung believed there were two paths in life—the path of love and the path of power. Sometimes, there will be a series of two dreams in which each dream shows a different path and a different outcome. “Yes, there are two paths you can go by, but in the long run/There’s still time to change the road you’re on” (“Stairway to Heaven” by Led Zeppelin).