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Friday, October 11, 2013

POWERFUL! A Word Of Spiritual Encouragement

By Pam Gallups
PPSIMMONS News and Ministry Contributor

Psalm 78:1-8
1    O my people, hear my teaching; listen to the words of my mouth.
2    I will open my mouth in parables, I will utter hidden things, things from of old--
3    what we have heard and known, what our fathers have told us.
4    We will not hide them from their children; we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, his power, and the wonders he has done.
5    He decreed statutes for Jacob and established the law in Israel, which he commanded our forefathers to teach their children,
6    so the next generation would know them, even the children yet to be born, and they in turn would tell their children.
7    Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds but would keep his commands.
8    They would not be like their forefathers-- a stubborn and rebellious generation, whose hearts were not loyal to God, whose spirits were not faithful to him.




           This morning I was reading Psalm 78 and the rest of my day has been an epiphany from God Himself.

Every media source – TV, radio, and newspaper – has the same thing to say…the world is in a horrible mess.  We don’t know from one day to the next what is going to happen.  We don’t know when or if our country might be attacked.  We don’t know when or if the financial market will collapse and our hard-earned money will be, at best, worthless or, at worst, non-existent.  We don’t know when or if our guns might be taken or our freedom of speech might be denied.  And the list goes on and on.

Now for those of us who have been fortunate enough to be born and raised in the good ole’ USA where life has always been easy and prosperous, we really don’t know how to process the changes that are taking place all around us.  Even those who are secure in their relationship with Jesus Christ can sometimes be quite alarmed with current events and the condition of the modern world.

As Psalm 78 turned over in my brain  – processing in light of all that is happening, I realized our lives, our situation, our dilemmas, our dark world conditions are exactly like it has been for God’s people all the way back to the time of captivity in Egypt.  Today is only a surprise to us!

The Israelites cried out to God for 430 years before their prayers were answered and deliverance from Egypt was set into motion.  As perhaps almost two million people exited the country, there had to be an overwhelming sigh of relief, along with utter gratefulness to a God who heard their prayers, and a sense of excitement mixed with a little trepidation about what might happen next.  The very idea that God Himself would reach out to free His people should invoke awe in the heart of every one who claims to have a relationship with Jesus Christ.

As the Psalmist opens, he reminds the readers that the amazing works of God must be kept alive from generation to generation so that even the unborn can know the power of the living God.  It seems we have failed greatly in passing along this vital information, which has resulted in Christians living in fear and doubt.

But let me continue with the story.  The Psalmist recounts how the enthusiasm over deliverance quickly turned to fear, doubt, and anger at the very God to whom they had cried out for help.  They complained; they whined; they worried about what was going to happen to them.  And all along, they failed to see that God was doing the God-thing with every step they took from the moment they walked away from Egypt.

God provided food.  God provided water.   And God provided protection to maybe two million people who were living in a desert.  If God can do that, He can certainly provide for us in our dark world where wrong has been elevated to right, and right has been trampled into the dirt.

Christians should take precautions, and make plans, and do all that God has called us to do.  But the bottom line is this:  God took care of the Israelites when times were very dark.  God has never and will never change.  And this truth enables me to hang on to the fact that God can and will take care of us today, even when times are very dark. 

God needs His people to be courageous and obedient, just do what He needs us to do.  If we practice obedience and courage, then we free God to provide for us and to protect His servants in His own supernatural way.

If you’re feeling the gloom and doom that surrounds us, prayerfully this Psalm will give you hope and courage and strength and power – and the ability to enjoy the life with which God has blessed each of us.

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