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.
In the book of Job we have a rather interesting scene portrayed. Satan comes before the throne of God accusing Job. "Of course Job is faithful to you," he taunts, "look how you have blessed him. But, if you take everything away from him, he will surely curse you." Was Satan correct in his assessment? What was Job's true heart?
In other words, do Christians serve God faithfully because of the great blessings He bestows upon them? Would their faithfulness continue if everything good were taken from them?
It would seem that the writer of Psalm 44 is addressing this very issue. Things are obviously not going well for him. Look at his complaints:
*Thou hast sore broken us in the place of dragons, and covered us with the shadow of death.
*For thy sake are we killed all the day long; we are counted as sheep for the slaughter.
*Our soul is bowed down to the dust: our belly cleaveth unto the earth.
Though the psalmist voices his complaints to God, he never charges God foolishly. Though everything around us may fail, where would we turn apart from God? Is there any who loves us more than God loves us? Is there any who is higher, or greater, or mightier than our God? Is there any who deserves our total allegiance and honor more than God? No!
That is the very point that the psalmist is making. Though God may allow us to be tested beyond all hope and endurance, yet we will not fail Him or charge Him foolishly. Our total love and hope rests in Him alone. In the end, God is and will continue to be our only help and salvation; His arm is not short, neither will He ever forsake us.
Though the waters of this life may be deep; even if we never have another good day while on this earth, look what awaits God's children: life, peace, and joy in eternity with God forever! That is what defines the true heart of a Christian!
Go, and by the grace of God, walk faithfully with God all of the days of your life!
God Bless You,