Trusting God in the Bad Things


Psalm 44:17 
All this happened to us, though we had not forgotten you or been false to your covenant.
Trusting God in the Bad Things
Observations: Psalm 44 starts so positively as the Psalmist remembers all the things God had done for them, how he had driven out the nations and given his people the Promised Land (v1-8). However, now it seems God has rejected his people, and their enemies oppress them (v9-16). And the Psalmist makes one of the most striking statements, ‘all these bad things have happened to us even though we have remained faithful to you.’ Over and over God tells his people to remember him and the Psalmist declares ‘we have not forgotten you.’ Over and over God tells his people to remain true to the covenant and the Psalmist declares ‘we have not been false to your covenant.’ And yet God makes them retreat before their enemies (v11). God has made them a byword among the nations (v14). God has crushed them (v19). And the Psalmist makes another powerful statement, ‘Yet for your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered. (v22, Paul quotes this verse in Romans 8:36)’ The Psalm finishes with the Psalmist pleading with the Lord to awake, to rise up and redeem them because of his unfailing love (v23-26).
Application: God promised his people that if they remained faithful to him he would bless them, and yet despite the fact that they had not forgotten him and had been true to his covenant they were being persecuted. We don’t always know why God allows bad things to happen to his people, but ultimately the Psalmist trusts in God’s unfailing love for them. Despite their suffering he boasts in God and praises his name forever (v8). As Paul says, ‘in all these [bad] things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that [nothing]… will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Rom 8:37-39)’
Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, You have promised to bless your people and give us peace and joy, and yet often rather than blessing we face suffering, and instead of peace we know fear and strife, and instead of joy we experience sadness and pain. But Lord, I trust in your unfailing love. I believe that nothing, no matter how terrible it seems at the time, can separate me from Your love for me in Christ Jesus. And Lord, no matter my circumstances I will praise Your name forever, and I will boast in You. I pray that You will rise up and help Your people that they might know Your presence in the midst of their pain. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen. 

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