Thursday, January 05, 2012

Up from the Depths

 19Thy righteousness also, O God, is very high, who hast done great things: O God, who is like unto thee!
 20Thou, which hast shewed me great and sore troubles, shalt quicken me again, and shalt bring me up again from the depths of the earth.
 21Thou shalt increase my greatness, and comfort me on every side. 

Up from the Depths

One does not have to live very long until one realizes that this life is filled with difficulties and troubles. As Christians we are often tempted to charge God foolishly; after all, God, who can do all things, could remove these difficulties from our lives. So, why does God allow His own children to suffer? Is it His fault?

The writer of Psalm 71 does a beautiful job of answering these doubts which plague us all at one time or another.
Thou, which hast shewed me great and sore troubles, shalt quicken me again, and shalt bring me up again from the depths of the earth.
It is our nature to become complacent; when life becomes too easy, our faith seems to suffer. It is no secret that the church of God under persecution is a church of strong faith. 

What was our life like as children? For most, life was a combination of love, nurturing, boundaries, and discipline. Four year old children left to themselves would soon self destruct! They require much love and assurance, but they also require boundaries as well as a means of discipline to keep them within those boundaries--their very life often depends upon them learning to obey those boundaries.

In the same way, God has given boundaries to His children for their own benefit. In keeping those boundaries we find a life of joy and peace, but as we relax those boundaries, trouble seems to enter the door. As the psalmist states, God uses the great and sore troubles to revive us again and bring us up from the depths of the earth into His glorious kingdom.

Indeed, our God is very high and He has done great things. Though we have shaken our fist against Him and have spurned Him at every opportunity, He has loved us with an amazing love, sending His own Son to take our punishment. Through the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ, we are redeemed from the eternal death that we deserve. Then, rather than letting us slink our way through the swamps of this life, He leads us and guides us in the light of His love and compassion.

May God bless you and bring you up from the depths of despair into His loving and glorious kingdom!

God Bless You,
Linda

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