Sunday, September 23, 2018

Psalm 44:23-26 NIV 2011

Awake, Lord! Why do you sleep? Rouse yourself! Do not reject us forever. Why do you hide your face and forget our misery and oppression? We are brought down to the dust; our bodies cling to the ground. Rise up and help us; rescue us because of your unfailing love.

 

The author knew God was present and helped his ancestors. He reflected on God’s character while aiding the Israelites defeat their enemies. The writer laments the great loss the Israelites just experienced. He acknowledged God as His King but wanted God to remain near. It was a difficult situation in need of God’s immediate help. Psalm 74:1, “O God, why have you rejected us forever?” He ends the Psalm with his prayer asking God to lend aid remembering and rescuing His people. God was their stronghold. Psalm 46:1, “God is our refuge and strength.” God is an ever-present help.

 

When all else fails, I fall on my knees in prayer. I love this Psalm because that’s how I picture the author, like me when I’m at the end of my rope. I recall what God has done in the past and build on that as assurance He is with me in those moments. Remembering what He’s done in the past is a daily thought process I need. When I pray specific prayers, I take refuge in knowing He answers. God is my ever-present help.

 

Where have you seen God’s promised presence today?

 

We’re loved unfailingly,

S

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