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.
Arm of God
How are we affected by the study of history? Do we learn from the mistakes of our forefathers, or are we destined to repeat the same mistakes? By the time of David, many centuries had passed since the children of Israel entered the Promised Land. We know of the difficulties God's people faced in the wilderness; time after time they threw aside God's yoke of protection and rebelled against his commandments.
By the time David became King of Israel, had the people changed? It is obvious from Psalm 44 that the people understood that it was not by their own power or strength that they had become a great people. Rather, it was the arm of God that saved them from their enemies, and safely delivered them into their own land.
As Christians today, we are heirs of these same people. Most of us are not heirs by birth, but rather heirs by adoption. As children of God, we have been adopted into the covenant God made with His people. As heirs, what have we learned from the history of the children of Israel? Have we learned from their mistakes, or do we find ourselves repeating the same mistakes again and again?
Why is it so hard for us to trust God? Sometimes I think we believe that in the 21st century, we are a more advanced people, and therefore are more able to trust in ourselves and our own ingenuity to save us from the troubles that litter our paths. Surely our increase in knowledge has led to discoveries which prevent us from facing the same challenges that God's people did 2500 years ago. Right?
Solomon said, in Ecclesiastes, that there is nothing new under the sun. Man is still man, and God is still God. Sin is still sin, and righteousness is still righteousness. No amount of learning or increase in intelligence changes our state before God.
Today, just as it was true 2500 years ago, we are still saved by the arm of God, and not by our own devices. How much easier might our lives be if we truly understood the full implications of that statement? Go, today, in the power of God, and may His strength and might lead you in paths of great service for Him. That really is the issue, is it not? It is Christ who must be glorified by our lives, and not ourselves!
God Bless You,