When God appoints you for slaughter . . .

What if God was against you? Pause and think about that for a moment. If God didn’t love you and He desired your destruction. What an utterly horrible thought. We know that while we serve God, He will never be against us, but from a flawed human perspective, the writers of Psalm 44 may have had “legitimate” reason to think that God was against them. There were many ways that God was not “with” them.

This post cannot bring the psalm justice. I invite you to simply read it for yourself. As you read, watch the structure of the psalm. The psalmists (1) Praises God for past deliverance (2) Declares their faith in God (3) Tells of how God has cast them off (4) Tells of how they still have faith in God (5) Calls unto God to deliver them.

While the psalmists tells how God has, “given us like sheep appointed for meat; and hast scattered us among the heathen.” They also say, “Yea, for thy sake are we killed all the day long; we are counted as sheep for the slaughter.” It has other passages like, “Thou makest us to turn back from the enemy: and they which hate us spoil for themselves.”

It really does not sound like God is on their side. He’s deliberately giving them to the heathen. He’s allowing them to be overcome. In the words of the Psalmist, “But thou hast cast off, and put us to shame; and goest not forth with our armies.” What is going on? Doesn’t God love them? Why is God allowing this?

Honestly, I don’t know. I don’t understand why. Some of these things we will not understand until eternity. We can know however, that God is always just. And God always rewards those obedient to Him.

But let’s be honest, it’s pretty hard to remember that in the moment. To be honest, I have to say that I’m not sure how faithful I would be in such a situation. I hope I’d be faithful. The Psalmists’ reaction to all this is something we can truly learn from. The psalmists say, “All this is come upon us; yet have we not forgotten thee, neither have we dealt falsely in thy covenant. Our heart is not turned back, neither have our steps declined from thy way.”

These men found the strength to praise God and faithfully seek His face while all their situations looked as if God Himself was against them. I challenge you with this statement: Faith is not faith that sees. If you can “see” God’s goodness in your life, you don’t need “faith” in God’s goodness. But when times like Psalm 44 come, it’s a true test of what you believe about the God of the universe.

Do you believe that God is good? Do you believe the promises that He has given? No matter what the situations look like, you can have faith in God’s promises like these men did.

Proverbs tells us, that If you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small. These men had great strength. When adversity came, they still boasted in God.

In all their hardship, they said, “In God we boast all the day long, and praise thy name for ever. Selah.” Let us strengthen ourselves in the Lord, so if such hardships come to us, we may do the same.

 

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