Sunday, July 3, 2011

Psalm 77:7-14 NASB

Will the Lord reject forever?  And will He never be favorable again?  Has His lovingkindness ceased forever?  Has His promise (Literally, word) come to an end forever?  Has God forgotten to be gracious?  Or has He in anger withdrawn His compassion?  Selah.  ...I shall remember the deeds of the LORD; surely I will remember Your wonders of old.  I will meditate on all Your work, and muse on Your deeds.  Your way, O God, is holy; What god is great like our God.  You are the God who works wonders; You have made known Your strength among the peoples.

Know your history!  There is an equilibrium in those who know and understand history.  And to those with a keen eye, they quickly discover that this is His story.  That is not to say that all the bad that has happened in the world was God's doing.  Absolutely not!  But what we begin to see is that God has woven Himself into the very fabric of history, weaving together His purposes even in the mess man has created.  Unless we know our history, the present can often overwhelm us as "godless", or without God.  But it is history that reminds us of the truth of His insistent and persistent presence throughout history, thereby reinforcing in us the sense of His presence today.  It's the immediate now that can often rob us of the that sense of Presence.  Like the shudder of a camera that catches a movement we did not notice, It is history that has caught the Hand that moves over the waters of life.  As we look back and discover the Presence that is always there, we can look forward with confidence that He has not forgotten.  We can ride the storms with the assurance that the Lord will be favorable again;  His lovingkindness endures forever; His promise is unfailing;  And He is always gracious and compassionate?  Amen!

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