Today you should read: Psalm 74
This Psalm is a plea for divine help and restoration. The writer lies out before God how the enemy has defiled the temple, destroyed His city, and taken His people hostage. God’s people are in desperate need and great distress, however, this psalm is not about their need. The writer tells God that His name and reputation are being tarnished by this attack and his main concern is His (God’s) honor and continued praise. The writer then reminds God of how He had helped His people in the past when they were in similar
Often times in our lives, when we face trials and difficult circumstances, we ask God to help us by taking away the circumstance so we can get back to where we were. We rarely have a God-oriented perspective on our situations. When we have a hard time or a circumstance that causes us to lose sight of God our natural and often, first response is to make sure we are taken care of and made whole. Once that happens then we come back to God and assess our relationship with Him. When was the last time something bad happened to you and your immediate response was, “how can God get glory from this?”, or, “how does this affect the way people see and worship God?” The world is watching us and the people in your world are waiting to see how you handle each day’s troubles.
Do you complain and try desperately to find personal comfort and satisfaction or do you turn everything into an opportunity to see God honored, to see Jesus lifted high so that He can draw all men to Himself? We live in a nation that advertises self-comfort and self-centeredness. We need to be a people consumed with how God’s great name can advance in and through us and our life circumstances and penetrate our world, just like this psalm expresses.
Posted by: Robbie Byrd