The Deeds of Old

Print“‘Has God forgotten to be gracious?
    Has he in anger shut up his compassion?’

Then I said, ‘I will appeal to this,
    to the years of the right hand of the Most High.’

 I will remember the deeds of the Lord;
    yes, I will remember your wonders of old.” (Psalm 77:9-11 ESV)

God was with the Israelites through many trials.  He redeemed them, He parted waters for them, He gave them food and water, He fought their battles.  And yet, when they rebelled, He removed His help from them.  It was during these “silent” times that the Israelites often questioned God and His faithfulness.  The psalmist says that instead of questioning God, they should be remembering all the things that God had already done for them in the past and turning to Him in faith and trust for their future.

Sometimes when things are their darkest, we, too, are tempted to question God.  Where is He? Why is He allowing this to happen to me? Instead of questioning Him, we can follow the guidance of the psalmist.  We can turn to the Bible and bask in all the examples of God’s generousness and faithfulness, blessing after blessing.  We can turn to our own lives and glory in the vast wealth of blessings He has already lavished on us: food, clothing, family, freedom.  Even if He did not deal out a single blessing more, the gift of His Son is blessing enough to last for eternity.  Praise Him for He is faithful!


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