Archive for May 19th, 2012

Psalm 44

Psalm 44 contains a lesson on how we should parent and lead – we need to tell the story of God’s power and work in our lives.  The psalmist tells us “we have heard with our ears, our fathers have told us, what deeds you performed”.  The story and history have been told and passed on.  They knew about God’s actions from the past.  They had heard about God’s power and how He has helped their anscestors not only survive, but thrive.  And the credit still is pointed to God: “not by their own sword….but your right hand and your arm, and the light of your face, for you delighted in them”.

History is really His Story.  It is the story of God’s action in our life and what He has done.  We are allowed to be part of His Story, but it is His, not ours.  We do need to tell His story.  Scripture says we should tell it when we rise up, lay down, walk or sit.  We need to make sure those in our patch know about God’s story and how we fit in.  We need to be sure that our kids, grandkids and great grandkids know of God’s faithfulness in our life.  How can we do that?  Well telling the story is one good way – but we have to be very intentional and create the environment where that can be done.  Writing the story is a very good way to preserve it and pass it forward.  There are lots of ways to even create a book – with pictures and all – that can tell the story of God’s faithfulness in your life.  But the key is we must find a way to tell that story of His story!

The psalmist knows that God is in control.  “You are my King….not in my bow do I trust, nor can my sword save me….you have saved us”.  Let’s face it – when things are going decent we tend to forget God.  We tend to rely on self and push God aside.  That is, until we hit the next rough patch and call out again.  Funny how that works.  But the psalmist knows that God alone is the source of power and strength.  God alone can save.

And then the tone changes as the psalmist calls out in frustration.  They feel abandoned, alone, and broken because it seems like God has left them to fend for themselves and it isn’t going well.  The question comes: “Why do you hide your face? Why do you forget our affliction and oppression”?  Ever feel like that – that God has left you all alone?  We often put ourselves in that place.  God doesn’t leave.  God has told us He will never leave nor forsake us.  But God may become quiet and wait for us to repent and get right with Him.  He may wait for us to cry out like the psalmist did “Rise up; come to our help! Redeem us for the sake of your steadfast love”!   The truth of the matter is that God doesn’t go anywhere.  We move.  We lose connection.  We allow stuff to get in the way.  And we need to get rid of that and clean up the hindrances to our walk with God.  He is there.  He always has been and always will be.  Are you walking with Him?

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