Thursday, August 10, 2017

Comment on a Psalm

Psalm 44

Once again we find a psalmist working through a problem in the midst of his prayers.

In the first section of this Psalm (verses 1-8), he remembers the glorious past when the God of Israel led the nation in victory.

In the second section (verses 9-16), our psalm writer turns to consider what might be called the disastrous present when there is only defeat and the mocking of the enemies of Israel.

Then, in the third section (verses 17-26) our writer comes to the point of this Psalm: 'Why do you hide your face?' He does not understand why God has allowed the shameful situation to go unchanged. It is not because of unfaithfulness on the part of the people. The Psalm then closes with an anguished appeal to God to rouse Himself and rescue His people.

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