Psalm 44 (like 42-43, written by the sons of Korah) begins almost as if the author had been reading the previous two Psalms. Psalm 44 begins with the community doing exactly what the repeated chorus of Psalms 42-43 prescribes: Trusting their downcast soul to God by rehearsing God's sovereign and saving grace in the events of Israel's history. In the Psalm's first eight verses, we are reminded of God's particular love for the nation in the past (vv. 1-3), which is appropriated by His people in the present (vv. 4-8). The mighty acts of God are communicated from one generation to the next so as not to be forgotten.
With verse 9 comes a radical shift in both tone and content. In verses 9-16 the Psalmist expresses his bewilderment over the present state of the nation. Notice the repetition of the word "You" in verses 9-14. His pointed language leaves us with no doubt as to the source of the nation's suffering – it is God. Consider how these emphatic statements demonstrate a high and strong view of God. The problem is not a lack of power, but that God is the active force behind the tribulation that has befallen His people. And all of this is despite Israel's faithfulness (vv. 17-22). Like Job, the Psalmist denies any national disloyalty to God (both inward and outward).
Finally, in the Psalm's last four verses (23-26) we find a corporate plea for God to wake up from His apparent slumber and to deliver and restore the nation. The Psalm expresses the tension between God's promises and unfailing love and the present experience of suffering. It is meant to encourage faith amid trials, particularly trials that appear random and intense.
Samuel was a good judge and prophet for the Lord, serving nearly 60 years in these offices. Once he had the chance to, he began to shrink his work schedule so that he could spend more time with his family, even bringing them into the family business as it were. Unfortunately, he had already made a similar mistake with his sons that Eli had done.
Eli and Samuel 1 Samuel 2:22-26;3:7-10,15-18 As followers of Jesus Christ, we will also experience our share of failures and
successes. Failure, however, doesn't need to define us. We may blow it from time to time. When that happens, it's critical that we keep moving forward, knowing two important facts:
God is a God of second chances. He will neither forsake us nor stop loving us.He's pulling for us.
God can use our failures for good in our lives.
Through failure we can learn important lessons—lessons we can pass on to others.We first meet Eli in the story of Hannah, a
grieving woman who desperately wanted a child 1 Samuel 1. Eli served as both a judge and high priest at the tabernacle located in Shiloh. His two sons, Hophni and Phinehas, served as priests under their father v. 3.Mentoring others isn't easy. There can be
failures along the way. God can grow us through our mistakes, and we don't need to be afraid to share with those we are disciplining concerning our failures. Others can learn from our mistakes and avoid making similar errors. God is in the business of taking our mess-ups and using them for our growth and the growth of others.
Where did we come from, and how did we get here? The way we answer those questions determines nearly everything. Were we designed by a creator God, in His image? Or were we cosmic accidents—the mere results of time, chance, and matter? Those mutually-exclusive options take us to very different places.
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Battles Leading Up From Monarchy to Anarchy 2 Kings 15:1-31;2 Chronicles 26:1-23 Judgment has begun to fall upon the sinful, wicked citizens of the Northern Kingdom. Very soon the nation would collapse and be exiled to the land of Assyria. And the Northern Kingdom would be no more.When will the beginning of the end occur for us? The day is coming when we will face the judgment of God. And we cannot stop it. Judgment is inevitable for those who have never accepted Christ. But if we have accepted Christ as our Savior and LORD, judgment has been removed from us. For when Christ died upon the cross, He bore our sin and judgment in our place. The guilt of our sin was removed from us, taken by Him, freeing us from all accusation. All who have truly trusted Christ are freed from judgment. Judgment has been taken off of us and placed upon Christ. This is the reason Christ died, the meaning of the cross. He paid the penalty for our sin and judgment once for all.God is pleased with what Christ has done. God approves, accepts the death of Christ on our behalf. God accepts His bearing our sin and judgment for us—in our stead, in our place of us. That is what is meant by the statement, "Christ died for us." Again, if we have truly accepted Christ, there is no judgment of sin for us. But if we have rejected Christ, living wicked lives and refusing to worship Him, then the hand of God's judgment will fall upon us.
Many down through the centuries and even today do not believe that Jesus is the Son of God. He doesn't fit their preconceived definition, He doesn't work well into their plans, and He is an inconvenience in the way they want to run their lives. We abuse Jesus so readily. He has done nothing wrong and yet we seem to jump at every chance to do something to Him.
Here we have a beggar, a man blind from birth with no hope of ever seeing. Along came the Savior, a man who is God come to give hope to the blind. While the world downplayed any chance this man had in life Jesus was there for him. All he had to do was to wash those blinders off.
David made a fateful decision when he went to Engedi to hide. It allowed him the chance to hide but also to bring him up close and personal with King Saul. From there he was faced with the choice to kill his enemy or spare him. One decision led to another, and in the end David proved he was the better man.
The preacher concedes that life is full of absurdity. And yet, as one who believes in God and Providence, he presents us with both real challenges to making sense of life and the key for learning to live with the absurd.
God called a man!
The enemy wants to blind, bind, and grind you. It's a war.
Removal of Samson's hair
He was comfortable
He is taking for granted what God had done for him
Samson was saying he was going to do things his way after hair was shaved.
Samson assumed he could do what he wanted to do and get by with it!
The Lord will restore you if you surrender and turn to him!