38But thou hast cast off and abhorred, thou hast been wroth with thine anointed.
39Thou hast made void the covenant of thy servant: thou hast profaned his crown by casting it to the ground.
40Thou hast broken down all his hedges; thou hast brought his strong holds to ruin.
41All that pass by the way spoil him: he is a reproach to his neighbours.
42Thou hast set up the right hand of his adversaries; thou hast made all his enemies to rejoice.
43Thou hast also turned the edge of his sword, and hast not made him to stand in the battle.
44Thou hast made his glory to cease, and cast his throne down to the ground.
45The days of his youth hast thou shortened: thou hast covered him with shame. Selah.
46How long, LORD? wilt thou hide thyself for ever? shall thy wrath burn like fire?
47Remember how short my time is: wherefore hast thou made all men in vain?
48What man is he that liveth, and shall not see death? shall he deliver his soul from the hand of the grave? Selah.
What happened? Where is the Lord whose promises were established forever? That is exactly what the psalmist is asking.
How long, LORD? wilt thou hide thyself for ever? shall thy wrath burn like fire? Remember how short my time is: wherefore hast thou made all men in vain? What man is he that liveth, and shall not see death? shall he deliver his soul from the hand of the grave?
This is when we must remember that this poor writer did not have the completed Bible that we have today. All of those glorious promises from God seemed to disappear right before his eyes. He watched in horror as he saw the kingdom of David split in two, with neither king loving and serving God as did David and Solomon. From his perspective they were doomed; cast off forever! Yet, we will see in tomorrow's devotion that, though badly shaken, his faith remained strong.
We, however, do have the completed Bible; we know the rest of the story. Were God's arms shortened so that He could not fulfill His promises? No! God has and will continue to fulfill every single promise made and recorded in the Scriptures. What the psalmist did not understand was that from the seed of David, through Mary, the Messiah would come who would fulfill all of God's promises made to man.
On that fateful day when Adam and Eve ate from the tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, their rescue was already in place. Looking through the annals of the future, God planned to send a Redeemer, the Lord Jesus Christ, from the physical line of David, through Mary, the mother of Jesus. Through Him, all nations would be blessed, for from every tribe and people, God would save a people for Himself.
As Christians, we must remember that we, too, are wearing blinders, so to speak. We see the reality of life around us, but we cannot see the future, and even have a very limited view of the past. Many times in life it may seem that God has failed us, and that we, too, have been cast off from His blessings. At times, when we need Him the most, He cannot seem to be found. What has happened?
God never leaves nor forsakes His children. Through sin, we may have lost that comfortable presence of the Lord Jesus Christ, but He is still walking right beside us. Also, we forget how limited is our view of life. From our shadowed perspective it may seem that God has cast off His own people, but God, not being limited by time, sees the bigger, completed picture. His plan, even to the minutest detail, is going forth just as He ordained it to go before the creation of this world.
15This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief. (1 Timothy 1:15, King James Version)
The Lord Jesus Christ came with one goal in mind; He came to save sinners. And, when that last sinner comes to Christ, He will return. As we are told in 2 Corinthians 6:2, Now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation. Those who come to Christ will never be cast off, but those who reject Him will be cast off forever!
Christ is the answer to all of life's problems!
God Bless You,