Tag: appealing to God
Scripture reading for June 18th: Psalms 73-77
“Will the Lord reject forever? Will He never show His favor again? Has His unfailing love vanished forever? Has His promise failed for all time? Has God forgotten to be merciful? Has He in anger withheld His compassion?” Psalm 77:7-9
When we are in trouble and seeking the Lord, it sometimes seems like the heavens are brass and God is nowhere to be found. The psalmist had been crying out to God and has only questions without answers. Satan likes to tempt us with suggestions of rejection, vanished mercy and love. What is a person to do when these negative thoughts assault us? Do we have a pity party, break out the bottle and drown our sorrows, or throw in the towel?
“Then I thought, “To this I will appeal: the years of the right hand of the Most High.” I will remember the deeds of the Lord, yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago. I will meditate on all your works and consider all your mighty deeds.” Psalm 77:10-12
When our minds are renewed by the word of God, we can go back and meditate on God’s past deeds. God is faithful and has always been faithful to His people. He has delivered them again and again from situations that looked impossible. God is able and willing to save and deliver His people when they call on Him. The psalmist decided to appeal to the years of faithfulness demonstrated by God to His people by remembering miracles and mighty deeds. As the psalmist meditated, new faith and confidence began to arise in his heart!
“Your ways, O God, are holy. What god is so great as our God? You are the God who performs miracles; you display your power among the peoples. With your mighty arm you redeemed your people, the descendants of Jacob and Joseph.” Psalm 77:13-15
God is holy and righteous, performing miracles. His mighty arm, Jesus Christ, is the holy and righteous one who came demonstrating God’s mercy and miraculous power. He will redeem all who come to Him in faith! He has displayed His mercy and power among all peoples through the cross of Calvary! The ultimate display of power was raising Jesus from the dead! Praise the Lord that God has not rejected us, but saved us through His Son!