Thursday, July 3, 2008

One nation, under God

Psalm 44

1 We have heard with our ears, O God;
our fathers have told us
what you did in their days,
in days long ago.
2 With your hand you drove out the nations
and planted our fathers;
you crushed the peoples
and made our fathers flourish.

3 It was not by their sword that they won the land,
nor did their arm bring them victory;
it was your right hand, your arm,
and the light of your face, for you loved them.

4 You are my King and my God,
who decrees victories for Jacob.

5 Through you we push back our enemies;
through your name we trample our foes.

6 I do not trust in my bow,
my sword does not bring me victory;

7 but you give us victory over our enemies,
you put our adversaries to shame.

8 In God we make our boast all day long,
and we will praise your name forever.

9 But now you have rejected and humbled us;
you no longer go out with our armies.

10 You made us retreat before the enemy,
and our adversaries have plundered us.

11 You gave us up to be devoured like sheep
and have scattered us among the nations.

12 You sold your people for a pittance,
gaining nothing from their sale.

13 You have made us a reproach to our neighbors,
the scorn and derision of those around us.

14 You have made us a byword among the nations;
the peoples shake their heads at us.

15 My disgrace is before me all day long,
and my face is covered with shame

16 at the taunts of those who reproach and revile me,
because of the enemy, who is bent on revenge.

17 All this happened to us,
though we had not forgotten you
or been false to your covenant.

18 Our hearts had not turned back;
our feet had not strayed from your path.

19 But you crushed us and made us a haunt for jackals
and covered us over with deep darkness.

20 If we had forgotten the name of our God
or spread out our hands to a foreign god,

21 would not God have discovered it,
since he knows the secrets of the heart?

22 Yet for your sake we face death all day long;
we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.

23 Awake, O Lord! Why do you sleep?
Rouse yourself! Do not reject us forever.

24 Why do you hide your face
and forget our misery and oppression?

25 We are brought down to the dust;
our bodies cling to the ground.

26 Rise up and help us;
redeem us because of your unfailing love.

I worry about our nation founded under God. I worry that we are falling further and further away from God and I, like David, cry out in my heart. David didn't think his nation had done anything wrong and many in our nation don't think we have done anything wrong. I can't say that the Jews hadn't done anything wrong as I wasn't there, but I know today we are doing many things wrong and many other nations are critical of us on lots of levels. I know too that God doesn't walk about thinking what evil He can rain down on His people. God always wants the best for us and God never changes. I know that bad things happen on this earth and God is the only one that can help us when bad things happen. He doesn't cause them, He helps us through them.

If I had lived when David lived, I would have told him that God is still the same and that even when we feel He has turned His back on us, He is still there ready to talk with us. I would praise David for crying out to God for this is what He wants us to do. He wants us to come to Him with everything, good and bad

Today I pray for the leaders of our nation and those leaders to come.

1 comment:

Just Joni said...

I share your prayers ~

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