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Where Are You? (Psalm 74:1~11)
1 Why have you rejected us forever, O God? Why does your anger smolder against the sheep of your pasture?
2 Remember the people you purchased of old, the tribe of your inheritance, whom you redeemed -- Mount Zion, where you dwelt.
3 Turn your steps toward these everlasting ruins, all this destruction the enemy has brought on the sanctuary.
4 Your foes roared in the place where you met with us; they set up their standards as signs.
5 They behaved like men wielding axes to cut through a thicket of trees.
6 They smashed all the carved paneling with their axes and hatchets.
7 They burned your sanctuary to the ground; they defiled the dwelling place of your Name.
8 They said in their hearts, "We will crush them completely!" They burned every place where God was worshiped in the land.
9 We are given no miraculous signs; no prophets are left, and none of us knows how long this will be.
10 How long will the enemy mock you, O God? Will the foe revile your name forever?
11 Why do you hold back your hand, your right hand? Take it from the folds of your garment and destroy them!
God Is Moving (74:1–8)
Have you ever looked at your circumstances and asked, “Where are You, Lord?” This is what Asaph is doing as he cries out to God. Asaph laments the utter devastation of Israel at the hands of their enemies. God’s people have been crushed and His temple has been destroyed. It seems as if God has rejected His people. There are times when we go through extreme suffering, and we cannot see God moving in our lives. In times like these, it is understandable that we might lament before God: “Why have you rejected us?” But God welcomes our questions, and our cries to Him actually reveal that we believe He sees and hears us and that He cares for us even when we cannot see Him moving in our lives.
- Can you see God at work around you? If not, cry out to God who is faithful, and ask Him for the faith to trust that He is moving even when you cannot see it.
God Is Speaking (74:9–11)
In Old Testament times, God spoke through the prophets, but there are no prophets left, and His people are given no signs from God. Yet, even in the midst of God’s seeming silence, Asaph continues to look to God because only He can take away the suffering of the Israelites. Asaph asks God to raise His right hand and destroy Israel’s enemies. Like Asaph, we can also look to God and cry out to Him in times of suffering. When we cannot see or hear Him, or when our circumstances feel out of control, we can seek direction and security in the voice of God through His Word, His Spirit, and His people. May we be like Asaph and continually seek His presence in faith.
- When was the last time you received direction from God? How can you continue to seek Him even when He seems to be silent?
A letter to God
Dear God, may my heart be fully devoted to You, and may I always desire to exalt Your name. Guide me in making choices that are for Your glory. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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