Many times growing up I remember seeing sequences of violence and destruction and wondering to myself either what it could all possibly be good for or that Jesus was coming along any day now. Now being in a new season of life with my husband and children God is showing me something I have never seen before about these situations.
Psalm 77:7-9 says “Will the Lord cast off forever? And will He be favorable no more? Has His mercy ceased forever? Has his promise failed forevermore? Has God forgotten to be gracious? Has He in anger shut up his tender mercies?” (NKJV)
I believe many people in the church think this way today. They look at our society and all the chaos, destruction and pain and think God has taken away his mercies and grace. Possibly even that He has completely forgotten about them in the midst of all this darkness. It is a common consumption to speak what we see instead of what we know to be true. After all, what we see is right there in front of our faces, but it doesn’t mean it needs to be restated and repeated. Look on in Psalm 77:
“And I said, ‘This is my anguish; But I will remember the years of the right hand of the Most High.’ I will remember the works of the Lord; Surely I will remember Your wonders of old. I will also meditate on all Your work, And talk of Your deeds.” (vs. 10-12)
David is speaking clearly here. Look closely. He starts out by looking at the current situation with his flesh and finishes his observation in verse 10. This is my anguish–but I will remember. He knows that the outlook is bleak at that moment in time, but he is making the choice to remember God’s goodness and mercy in the past. Also take note here that he says “I will remember” three times. By the third statement he attaches a “surely” in front of it. As you will recall through many passages in the Bible repetition, specifically in sets of three is a pretty important statement. Biblical hermeneutics in this case is the use of emphatic triplets. Also seen in Isaiah 6:3 in the “holy” repetition it is a common use in Biblical time to put emphasis on what the writer was saying. So here, David is re-affirming his faith when he cannot see, so much so that by the third statement he is so convinced that it is almost a “how could I have forgotten?” statement.
Re-affirming our faith is so important. We are called to worship God no matter the situation because if we consistently come to the throne of God no matter how good or bad the situation around us may be, we will be convinced that we are never walking alone, that in life or death, we will always belong to Jesus Christ.
Our God is constant. Never failing. Never changing. If our daily lives are reflecting his grace, if we are constantly seeking Jesus and letting his word consume us, we will begin to see this. So when destruction, comes, unexplainable murders occur…we are not shaken in our observation and belief that a never failing God is doing something that is going to shake the hearts of many and change lives in ways we may never comprehend.
Bring yourself before the Lord so He can cleanse you in His reflection and live knowing you’ve been forgiven and renewed through His sacrifice and walk expecting God to work no matter the circumstance.
“Wherever He entered, into villages, cities, or the country, they laid the sick in the marketplaces, and begged Him that they might just touch the hem of His garment. And as many as touched Him were made well.” Mark 6:56