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April 16 – Faithful To The End

“Let the groans of the prisoners come before You; according to Your great power, preserve those doomed to die! Return sevenfold into the lap of our neighbors the taunts with which they have taunted You, O Lord!  But we Your people, the sheep of Your pasture, will give thanks to You forever; from generation to generation we will recount Your praise.” Psalm 79:11-13

Devotional Thought For The Day

Just a reminder that most commentators believe that all of this suffering and misery was caused by the Babylonians around 600 BC. Though the psalmist writes from a pious perspective and pleads mercy for the children of Israel, they were the cause of this devastation: “But they kept mocking the messengers of God, despising His words and scoffing at His prophets, until the wrath of the LORD rose against His people, until there was no remedy.” [2 Chron. 36:16] God always seeks to relate to us on the basis of His Word, and our attitude toward His written Word, Holy Scripture [including those who speak and preach it] – how we use it and what we think of it – is precisely our attitude toward God Himself.

Much of this “mocking” and “despising” occurred during the time of Jeremiah.  His entire book is testimony to all of this, including his struggles with the false prophets. The circumstances with the Old Testament church grew so bad, so horrid and wretched, that this was the best recourse God found available. Israel essentially ceased being a nation from this point onward until the recent reestablishment of the nation of Israel following WWII. In their relation  to the Word of God, especially to His Christ, the people of this modern nation are at least as bad as the ancient Israelites, if not worse.

So often life boils down to choosing the “lesser of two evils.” I’m certain the psalmist had weighed this prior to calling upon God to “return sevenfold into the lap of our neighbors the taunts with which they have taunted You, O Lord!”  He is writing on behalf of the “remnant,” the few remaining who had retained the faith of Abraham and genuine devotion to the LORD, the only True and Living God, and His Word. He recalls and asserts the loving adoration that such believers will always have toward God, regardless of His judgments and their current circumstances: “But we Your people, the sheep of Your pasture, will give thanks to You forever; from generation to generation we will recount Your praise.”

Of critical importance for our circumstances – what judgments of God may be coming down the pike for us, is our relationship to the Word of God, and to those true prophets of God who faithfully proclaim His Word.  What we have to consider each day in view of the many around us who have forsaken God, who arrogantly “mock, despise, and scoff” at God’s Word, is whether we will join them or whether we will remain “the sheep” of God’s pasture giving Him our thanks and praise – even if our circumstances become dire. The work and life of Christ was dire – worse even than that of Jeremiah; and He did it all for us, for our redemption and salvation. We are called not only to faith, to honoring His Word by belief, thought, and living, but also to follow Him – and this may mean suffering our own crosses, as the psalmist and people of faith did following the Babylonian invasion of Israel.

May we always be among the “remnant” of true believers, so that we are destined and determined to always “give thanks to God forever; from generation to generation to recount His praise.”

Prayer For The Day

Dear Lord Jesus Christ, we too have many temptations in regard to Your Word, and at times have mocked, despised, and scoffed at Your Word and those who proclaim it faithfully to us. Have mercy on us and restore us to true and pure devotion to You and Your Word. By the power of Your wondrous love for us instill within us true love for You and Your Word, that we be sustained faithful in all circumstances of our lives. Amen.