Tag Archives: the book of Psalms

“Why, Lord, do you stand far off?  Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?”  (Psalm 10:1, NIV)

There are times in life, as the psalmist in today’s scripture states, when it seems that God has departed on vacation; or is asleep; or is indifferent to our suffering.  But don’t be fooled: God has not forgotten us, nor has He deserted us.

In such times, we need only reflect on our own personal history with our heavenly Father: The times when we thought Him late, but He was already at the point of decision — waiting.  The times when we thought Him absent, but only because He was standing behind us. . . out of view. . . guarding our blind side.  The times when we thought He was indifferent to our suffering, but He sent others to encourage us, to comfort us, to hold us; to hear us; and to wipe our tears.

No one loves us like our heavenly Father.  No one.  – Luther

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“We put our hope in the Lord.  He is our help and our shield.  In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name.  Let your unfailing love surround us, Lord, for our hope is in you alone.”  (Psalm 33:20-22, NLT)

As a culture, we esteem the privilege of having a wide variety of options from which to choose.  In fact, some members of our society act as if it is a right!

The psalmist in today’s scripture declares his allegiance to only one Lord; only one God; only one Savior.  We do well to narrow our “essential list” as the psalmist did, and make our Lord the subject of our focus.  Who else has been our help and our shield?  Who else loves us with an unyielding love?  – Luther

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“I have more understanding then the elders, for I obey your precepts.”  (Psalm 119:100, NIV)

Most people gain knowledge through the so-called “school of hard knocks,” and they obtain understanding through trial and error.   However, there is an easier, faster, and less painful way to acquire the wisdom of the sages: Obedience to God’s word.

It feed our ego to “be in charge,” but we must resist this Sirens call.  None of us are clever enough often enough to consider all of the angles in a decision, but through simple obedience to even the most mundane of God’s commandments, the grace, the peace, and the life we seek will come to us.  – Luther

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