Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Blessed Be the Lord!

 49Lord, where are thy former lovingkindnesses, which thou swarest unto David in thy truth?
 50Remember, Lord, the reproach of thy servants; how I do bear in my bosom the reproach of all the mighty people;
 51Wherewith thine enemies have reproached, O LORD; wherewith they have reproached the footsteps of thine anointed.
 52Blessed be the LORD for evermore. Amen, and Amen. 

Blessed Be the Lord!

The psalmist begins Psalm 89 singing of the mercies of the Lord and ends with the words, Blessed be the LORD for evermore. What a testimony of faith, for the psalmist did not make this declaration at a time of great happiness and prosperity, but rather during a time of wrestling with the taunts of the wicked. In his despair, the psalmist cried out, in verse 46, How long, LORD? wilt thou hide thyself for ever?

It is easy to sing praises to the Lord when everything is going well, but how many praises do we sing when it seems as though we have been forgotten by God? The psalmist shows us the proper way to think and act in times of great trouble. It is good for us to take our troubles to the Lord and pour out our hearts before Him, remembering that He is a God of mercy. He hears and responds to the complaints of His people. 

As is often the case, the wicked were not just taunting the people, they were bringing reproaches against God, Himself. This reminds me of the time the Syrians were fighting against Ahab, king of Israel. After being defeated by Israel, the Syrians said, Their gods are gods of the hills; therefore they were stronger than we; but let us fight against them in the plain, and surely we shall be stronger than they. (1 Kings 20:23) Even though King Ahab did not serve the Lord, God heard the words of the Syrians, and to show Himself strong before the Syrians, gave Israel a great victory. For, indeed, God is not just a God of the hills or a God of the valleys, but He is God of all Gods, Kings of all Kings, and Lord of all Lords.

How much more will He come to the aid of His faithful servants who put their trust in Him? [Sadly, even the great victories that God gave to the King of Israel did not cause King Ahab to turn His heart to the Lord.]

In the end, the question that we must ask, especially in times of great difficulties, is, how great is our faith? Do we only trust God when things are going well, or do we continue to trust Him during times of troubles, when it seems as though He does not hear our prayers? Perhaps the very reason we are going through difficult times is that God is testing our faith. 

We, as Christians, have the Word of God which shows, time and time again, God's faithfulness to His people. Let us then, no matter what our present circumstances may be, join our voices with the psalmist and say, Blessed be the Lord, for, truly, He has done wondrous things!

God Bless You,

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