July 5, 2017

Today you should read: Psalm 74

Have you ever felt abandoned or alone?  What about abandoned by God?  That’s a scary, dark place to be.  That’s the feelings that Asaph is expressing in Psalm 74.  He (and God’s people) felt abandoned by God.

What causes us to feel like that?

  • Sin is probably the most likely culprit.  When we sin – we intentionally distance ourselves from God – and we feel it
  • Depression – this causes us to lose perspective of reality (what’s really true) and focus in an unhealthy way on our circumstances.
  • Loneliness – feeling like we’re in it alone makes God feel far away.
  • Fear – of the situation – of the future – of what to do.
  • Unknown – the unknown… when the unknown arises – we have two choices – to feel alone and distant from God or to crawl into His arms.

See how Asaph express his feelings:

O God, why have you rejected us so long?  Why is your anger so intense against the sheep of your own pasture? (v.1) [Answer:  They abandoned God.  This is often how it works – we walk away from God then ask why He’s walked away from us]

We no longer see your miraculous signs… (v.9)

Arise, O God, and defend your cause… (v.22)

What do we do when we feel like this?  How should we respond?

1. Pray – v.1-11 – Pour your heart out to God – ask Him for His help.

2. Remember – v.12-17 – Remember who God is – He’s the Creator – the Sovereign Lord – the One who holds everything together – He’s Able!

3. Look to God – v.18-23 – As the One to which delivery comes from.

I will lift up my eyes to the mountains; from where shall my help come?  My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.  He will not allow your foot to slip;  He who keeps you will not slumber.  Behold, He who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.  The Lord is your keeper; the Lord is your shade on your right hand.  The sun will not smite you by day, nor the moon by night.  The Lord will protect you from all evil; He will keep your soul. The Lord will guard your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forever.  Psalm 121

  • What are some places you look to besides or before looking to God for your help?
  • How has God proven to be strong, trustworthy, and true (share a story with us)

By: Tim Parsons — Lead Pastor

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Author: cpclexington

Lexington & Richmond KY

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