May God Get the Glory

Psalm 44:1-8 (ESV)

O God, we have heard with our ears, our fathers have told us, what deeds You performed in their days, in the days of old: You with Your own hand drove out the nations, but them You planted; You afflicted the peoples, but them You set free; for not by their own sword did they win the land, nor did their own arm save them, but Your right hand and Your arm, and the light of Your face, for You delighted in them. You are my King, O God; ordain salvation for Jacob! Through You we push down our foes; through Your name we tread down those who rise up against us. For not in my bow do I trust, nor can my sword save me. But You have saved us from our foes and have put to shame those who hate us. In God we have boasted continually, and we will give thanks to Your name forever. Selah

This psalm starts well. It speaks of God’s glory, and protection. His continual assistance in establishing the nation of Israel. It was His angels that led the charge against the Amorites, Jebusites, and the other nations that He displaced so that Israel might have a country and a land to call their own. But then after these verses, it turns into a lament. The psalmist wonders why God has seemingly gone to sleep, why He has allowed Israel to become a laughing stock. The psalmist claims that Israel had not turned to false or foreign gods, that they had not abandoned God.

So why does God allow them to suffer? According to the covenant that God made with Abraham, with Moses, and then with Joshua, Israel must have turned to false gods, even though the psalmist does not think so. God is not false, nor does He lie. He fulfills blessing to many generations, but fulfills curses only on a generation or two. So although the psalmist is claiming innocence, I believe that Israel had sinned and probably had begun to worship (sacrifice) on the high places, even though they were only supposed to worship God in Jerusalem, in front of the Tent of Meeting. But I am speculating. I don’t know for certain.

God always has His reasons for what He does, or what He allows. We do not always know what the reasons are. We must just trust that He knows what He is doing.

I heard a song on the radio recently that has become a prayer in my life, It is by Jonathan Traylor, and is called “You Get the Glory”. I suggest you watch/listen prayerfully to it and perhaps let it become your prayer as well.

Let the God of mercy, the Father of Our Lord Jesus be glorified by all that we think, say, and do.

by Virgil Stripes

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