Paul Tripp

President of Paul Tripp Ministries

Psalm 27: Why Bother?

"I am confident of this; I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living." (v.13)

I consider
the brokenness of the world
and I think,
"Why bother?"
I look
at the corruption all around me
and I cry,
"Why bother?"
I wonder at
my inability to live with my neighbor
and I ask,
"Why bother?"
I face
my war with sin inside and outside,
and I ponder,
"Why bother?"
I look
at the problems of the culture around me
and I lament
"Why bother?"
I scan
my world, broken by disease and misuse
and in sadness say,
"Why bother?"
I consider
the statistics of violence and abuse
and I think,
"Why bother?"
I am assaulted
with the reality of endless wars between nations,
and overwhelmed say,
"Why wonder?'
I am defeated
by temptation's power
and cry,
"Why bother?"
I ponder
how good is called bad and bad good,
and frustration says,
"Why bother?"
I search
for hope like a parched man for water
but end up thinking,
"Why bother?"
I look
to myself and see weakness and want,
and my grief says,
"Why bother?"
I should live for leisure and comfort
and give into,
"Why bother?"
I should exist for the here and now,
and forgetting forever say,
"Why bother?"
I am tempted
to live for power and control
and for greater things say,
"Why bother?"
personal pleasure in the here and now
is what it's all about,
"Why bother?"
But in
exhaustion I look up and not around
and I say,
"Why bother?"
Because you are and you are good.
Why bother?
Because you dispense goodness and grace.
Why bother?
Because you bring life out of death.
Why bother?
Because you have a plan and it will be done.
Why bother?
Because I have been welcomed into your Kingdom of Life.
Why bother?
Because I am always with you.
It is true
that my eyes don't always see
and my heart isn't always confident.
It is true that darkness overwhelms me
and fear leaves me weak.
But you come near.
You remind me once again
that I can be confident
you were unwilling to say,
"Why bother?"

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About Paul Tripp

Paul Tripp is the president of Paul Tripp Ministries, a nonprofit organization whose mission statement is "Connecting the transforming power of Jesus Christ to everyday life." Tripp is also professor of pastoral life and care at Redeemer Seminary in Dallas, Texas, and executive director of the Center for Pastoral Life and Care in Fort Worth, Texas. Tripp has written many books on Christian living that are read and distributed internationally. He has been married for many years to Luella, and they have four grown children. For more information, visit

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