August 5, 2021

O God, why do you cast us off forever? Why does your anger smoke against the sheep of your pasture? Remember your congregation, which you have purchased of old, which you have redeemed to be the tribe of your heritage! Remember Mount Zion, where you have dwelt. Direct your steps to the perpetual ruins; the enemy has destroyed everything in the sanctuary!

Your foes have roared in the midst of your meeting place; they set up their own signs for signs. They were like those who swing axes in a forest of trees. And all its carved wood they broke down with hatchets and hammers. They set your sanctuary on fire; they profaned the dwelling place of your name, bringing it down to the ground. They said to themselves, “We will utterly subdue them”; they burned all the meeting places of God in the land. (Psalm 74:1-8)

The author of (Psalm 74) was under great distress. It is possible it was after Jerusalem had experienced the devastation of their temple being destroyed. It could have been referring to the destruction unleashed by Nebuchadnezzar. No matter it was a chaotic time that caused the psalmist to cry out to God with the question in (v.1), “why do you cast us off forever?” As the psalmist progressed, though, it was clear that he does have hope of recovery.

Have you ever experienced chaos in your life? If so, in (Psalm 74:1-8) we can find two sobering truths. First, God chastens His children. The reality of God punishing His children is often ignored and despised by Christians today. God is longsuffering and slows to anger; however, He does discipline His children. Amidst our chaotic times, we may get angry with God and complain about our situation; often, our disobedience is the cause. God chastens His children because He loves us and desires us to return to fellowship with Him. Moreover, our response must be repentance and surrender to His Will.

Second, to be out of fellowship with God and under His discipline is terrifying. The author of (Hebrews 12:11) says it this way, “For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.” The truth revealed in (Psalm 74) is a reminder to us all to be obedient and have a healthy, reverential fear of God.

Friends, although this may not be popular teaching in our day, it remains accurate and beneficial, (Hebrews 12:12-13) tells us, “Therefore lift your drooping hands and strengthen your weak knees, and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be put out of joint but rather be healed. Amidst our chaotic times, we must remember that the best place for us is to live daily in the center of our Lord’s Will. Would you pray with me?

Lord, everything seems to be whirling around me. So many things in motion, I cannot get my bearings. And worry eats away at me. May Your Spirit bring me calm. Stop my mind from racing. Cast out the enemy far from me, in the Name of Jesus Christ, my King. May I rest knowing I cannot control everything. You alone are sovereign over all things. I place my trust in You, O Lord. Help me set priorities based on wisdom, mercy, and love. And no matter what may come my way, keep me sharp and steady. I know Who my Savior is. I know He will come again. That is all I need to keep going. Grant me Your Heavenly grace Lord. For You alone are holy. You alone are the Lord. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

God Bless and have a Blessed Day, Friends <><

 

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