Psalms 75, 76, 77, 80
Have you ever felt like God isn’t keeping His promises? The psalmists did. They, like many of us, find ourselves in situations where God is noticeably silent or worse, absent. Didn’t God promise to never leave or forsake us, to be our strength and shield, to give us everything we need? So why does it seem there are times He reneges on His promises?
When the psalmists felt disappointed in God, they often started to remember the many ways God had been faithful in the past. God had proved His faithfulness over and over, fulfilled one promise after another. Then inevitably, they realized it was they, not God who had reneged on their promises to Him.
As I read the Bible I am reminded that God loves to bless His people. God longs to shower His children with love and joy and peace, and to enable us to enjoy His creation designed for our pleasure. But it is we who stand in His way.
The psalmists say, “Make vows to the Lord your God and fulfill them…,” “I will remember the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago…,” “Restore us O God Almighty; make your face sine upon us, that we may be saved.”
Someone once said that if you feel like God is no longer with you remember, He’s not the one who moved. We move away from Him one sin at a time. One sin, then another, and another, and soon we find ourselves so far from Him it feels like He’s abandoned us. We forget He cannot and will not tolerate sin in any of us. And He won’t stay where sin is present.
The next time you feel like God isn’t paying attention to you, that He has failed to keep His promise to you, consider your heart’s condition before a Holy God and ask yourself this:
Who failed who?
Reblogged this on Brandon J. Adams and commented:
Though tragedy brings us the haunting worry that God has let us down, it is healthy to ask ourselves questions first.
Thank you for your comment. Isn’t it good to know that when tragedy strikes- and it often strikes – God never lets us who know Him down. Our situations, and that haunting worry, grow strangly dim in the light of HIs glory and grace,. The question is, do we feel abandoned because of sin? Because if we look for Him, if we confess our sin, He will be found! Thank you so much for the re -blog. May God be pleased to speak to others through these psalms. May you be blessed, and a blessing!