Sunday, March 04, 2012

Remember!

 9Do unto them as unto the Midianites; as to Sisera, as to Jabin, at the brook of Kison:
 10Which perished at Endor: they became as dung for the earth.
 11Make their nobles like Oreb, and like Zeeb: yea, all their princes as Zebah, and as Zalmunna:
 12Who said, Let us take to ourselves the houses of God in possession. 

 Remember!

 It is not just in fiction stories that the author waits until the very last moment when all hope is gone to bring a victory to his main characters. The Psalmist is calling to God, His only hope to bring aid to His people like He did with Gideon and Jabin. He is calling his readers to remember God's faithfulness in the past.

The Israelites had been under the cruel bondage of the Midianites for years. No one was allowed to even own a sword or a spear. Yet, when the Israelites cried out to God, He used Gideon to bring about an astounding victory. You remember the story I am sure. Thousands of Israelites answered Gideon's call, but God trimmed the army down until there were only 300 left. How could such a small army face the thousands of Midianite soldiers armed and ready for battle? God wanted Israel to understand that He was the one who won the victory for Israel that day. In the end, the Midianites, in their confusion, perished when they turned upon one another.

Similarly God brought about another great victory through Deborah when Sisera, the captain of the enemy's army came out against the Israelites. How was Sisera destroyed? Israel, under the leadership of Deborah and Barak, with their small band of soldiers put their enemy to flight. Sisera was killed at the hand of a woman when he fled from the battle and hid in a tent? What an ignominious end to the general of a such a world-renowned host.

What is the lesson for us to learn from these examples? Very often, God literally takes us to the point of sure and utter defeat, and then shows Himself strong on our behalf. God is calling us, through the words of Asaph, to remember the God of Israel, for He is the same God we worship today. Is His arm shortened so that He cannot work on behalf of His people today? No!

God, by taking us to the point of having no hope, shows us that He, alone, is our God and Savior. When we have exhausted every form of relief known to man, we remember and understand that He never leaves nor forsakes His children. It is time we put our hope, faith, and trust in Him.

As Christians, we have often so put our trust in the things of this world and in man's abilities, that we have forgotten God. We do not expect Him to work miraculously on our behalf. If man has no answer for us, we forget that God is not bound by the natural barriers in which man is hedged. Yet, the God of Gideon and Deborah is the same God we worship today. Can we not put our faith and trust in Him?
  1. ’Tis the grandest theme through the ages rung;
    ’Tis the grandest theme for a mortal tongue;
    ’Tis the grandest theme that the world e’er sung,
    “Our God is able to deliver thee.”
    • Refrain:
      He is able to deliver thee,
      He is able to deliver thee;
      Though by sin oppressed, go to Him for rest;
      “Our God is able to deliver thee.”
  2. ’Tis the grandest theme in the earth or main;
    ’Tis the grandest theme for a mortal strain;
    ’Tis the grandest theme, tell the world again,
    “Our God is able to deliver thee.”
  3. ’Tis the grandest theme, let the tidings roll,
    To the guilty heart, to the sinful soul;
    Look to God in faith, He will make thee whole,
    “Our God is able to deliver thee.”
    (by William Ogden)

God Bless You,
Linda

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