Reading through the Bible together
The psalmist recounts what God did of old and complains of present calamities; but in continued trust, prays for relief.
The choir prepared this song, crying aloud on behalf of the whole nation. “Listen to us, God! We have heard what our fathers have told us!” Moses commanded our parents to tell us the meaning of all the rituals” (Ex. 26:26-27). “We’ve heard the stories. We’ve heard the `testimonies, statutes, and judgments’” (Deut. 6:20).
Indeed, Moses reviewed all these events and admonitions before he died. Joshua repeated the stories and made certain the people understood that they owed everything to God. After their return from exile, Nehemiah recounted the stories yet again (9:24). But just as the psalmist here cries out in desperation, wondering where God is in the present extremity, so other men of God have agonized, “Where are You? Why aren’t You listening?”
In Psalm 60:10 David demands, “Why have You cast us off and scattered us?” In II Chron. 20:14, 15 Jehoshaphat reminds God of what He has done in the past. Then the Spirit of the Lord came upon Jahaziel, a Levite, who said, “Do not be afraid for the battle is the Lord’s.” With renewed faith Jehoshaphat sends out the choir ahead of the army. “Believe in the Lord your God, so shall ye be established; believe his prophets, so shall ye prosper” (II Chron. 20:20). When taunted by the messengers of Sennecharib, Hezekiah asked, “Where are You now? Why not now?” Isaiah saw Christ Himself “brought as a sheep to the slaughter” (Isa. 53:7).
Is God listening? Does He hear? Does He care?
He cares and He redeems!
Prayer: Father, improve our memories. When we see what You have done for Your people in the past, remind us that You have also done wonderful things for us individually in our own lives and that we can count on You to save us again and again from adversity. Amen.
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