Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Psalm 44

This psalm really speaks to me. It speaks to anyone who seeks the "living" God. I read it this morning while I read Hebrews 4

It's one thing to worship a distant God who one must surrender to, who is praised but whom one doesn't really have any relationship with. With a far-off God one can believe what one wants to believe. One can have any kind of theology because chances are nothing can "prove" you wrong. But when one serves a living God and asks him for blessings, healings, etc. That's when the rubber hits the road.

So here we have the psalmist saying: our spiritual fathers, our grandparents, etc, all told us about all the great things you did back in the day. They even told us that you fought us. They rested in you! But we don't see any of this in our lifetime or in our own afflictions. What's going on here, God?

When I was reading Hebrews this morning, I once again realized that the entire book speaks about the rest of God...especially the rest found in the living word. Sometimes we read the Bible and suddenly the writer of the book we're reading -- Holy Spirit and the human he inspired to write-- makes some weird comment that doesn't seem to make sense in the context. Then one realizes that was what he was talking about all along. Hebrews 4:1 begins with a discussion of the rest of God and states that the gospel was told to the people in Moses day. Those Israelites were baptized in the water and ate of the passover lamb. Then suddenly at Hebrews 4:12 he suddenly says The Word of God is living and active. I'm like..."What?" But then, I said, YES! YES! You have been talking about the word all along. The rest of God.

Psalm 44

1We have heard with our ears, O God, our fathers have told us, what work thou didst in their days, in the times of old.
2How thou didst drive out the heathen with thy hand, and plantedst them; how thou didst afflict the people, and cast them out.
3For they got not the land in possession by their own sword, neither did their own arm save them: but thy right hand, and thine arm, and the light of thy countenance, because thou hadst a favour unto them.
4Thou art my King, O God: command deliverances for Jacob.
5Through thee will we push down our enemies: through thy name will we tread them under that rise up against us.
6For I will not trust in my bow, neither shall my sword save me.
7But thou hast saved us from our enemies, and hast put them to shame that hated us.
8In God we boast all the day long, and praise thy name for ever. Selah.
9But thou hast cast off, and put us to shame; and goest not forth with our armies.
10Thou makest us to turn back from the enemy: and they which hate us spoil for themselves.
11Thou hast given us like sheep appointed for meat; and hast scattered us among the heathen.
12Thou sellest thy people for nought, and dost not increase thy wealth by their price.
13Thou makest us a reproach to our neighbours, a scorn and a derision to them that are round about us.
14Thou makest us a byword among the heathen, a shaking of the head among the people.
15My confusion is continually before me, and the shame of my face hath covered me,
16For the voice of him that reproacheth and blasphemeth; by reason of the enemy and avenger.
17All this is come upon us; yet have we not forgotten thee, neither have we dealt falsely in thy covenant.
18Our heart is not turned back, neither have our steps declined from thy way;
19Though thou hast sore broken us in the place of dragons, and covered us with the shadow of death.
20If we have forgotten the name of our God, or stretched out our hands to a strange god;
21Shall not God search this out? for he knoweth the secrets of the heart.
22Yea, for thy sake are we killed all the day long; we are counted as sheep for the slaughter.
23Awake, why sleepest thou, O Lord? arise, cast us not off for ever.
24Wherefore hidest thou thy face, and forgettest our affliction and our oppression?
25For our soul is bowed down to the dust: our belly cleaveth unto the earth.
26Arise for our help, and redeem us for thy mercies' sake.

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