Redemption Amidst Dishonor (Psalm 44)

The Sons of Korah reminisce about stories from their faith eras of the deeds God did in the days of old.  He drove out nations, afflicted peoples, and planted Israel in their land.  God did this by His power, and the people cannot claim credit.  They then express their faith in God that they will also win military battles and defeat their enemies through God’s power.  However, in this moment, they are in shame and God does not go before them into battle.  God is not protecting, guiding, or fighting for the nation.  Even though they have dishonored themselves and God, they proclaim their faith in God and their faithfulness to His covenant.  They have not served other gods, but “Yet for Your sake we are killed all the day long; We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.”  They finish with this plea:

23 Awake! Why do You sleep, O Lord?

Arise! Do not cast us off forever.

24 Why do You hide Your face,

And forget our affliction and our oppression?

25 For our soul is bowed down to the dust;

Our body clings to the ground.

26 Arise for our help,

And redeem us for Your mercies’ sake.

Faith in God should not be dependent upon current circumstances or the opinion of other men or women.  Instead faith in God should only be dependent upon the history of God’s faithfulness.  Since God is faithful, I will be faithful.  Since God is always present and able to deliver me, I will always trust in Him.  Be optimistic in the midst of trouble, because God transcends your circumstances!

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