Wednesday 10 June, 2015

Psalm 146

1 Praise the Lord. Praise the Lord, my soul. 2 I will praise the Lord all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live. 3 Do not put your trust in princes, in human beings, who cannot save. 4 When their spirit departs, they return to the ground; on that very day their plans come to nothing. 5 Blessed are those whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord their God. 6 He is the Maker of heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them— he remains faithful forever. 7 He upholds the cause of the oppressed and gives food to the hungry. The Lord sets prisoners free, 8 the Lord gives sight to the blind, the Lord lifts up those who are bowed down, the Lord loves the righteous. 9 The Lord watches over the foreigner and sustains the fatherless and the widow, but he frustrates the ways of the wicked. 10 The Lord reigns forever, your God, O Zion, for all generations. Praise the Lord.

What do I do when God doesn’t come through for me? If the answer is no and my expectations of what I think God will do are dashed?

Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran were not spared to death penalty in Bali this week, as I write, despite verse 7 of this Psalm saying… “The Lord frees the prisoner.”

So many prayers were offered up for these men. Why did God not intervene?

I guess sometimes the only answer is simply I don’t know. It’s one of the things that makes God God and me not god. He is sovereign and Lord and He will do what He will do.

But something in me still can’t deny His goodness. He is good and just and fair and caring and understanding and despite this week’s outcome I know He was in control.

Maybe God just wanted to call His boys home. Either way Lord, may my attitude be like Andrew, Myuran and King David in Ps 146

“I will sing praises to my God with my dying breath”

Amen

Written by Boudy vanNoppen

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  1. Andrew Mellor says:

    Amen, Boudy. When Brett Lindner ran that healing workshop he made a great quote, “we can’t let what we don’t know and understand, stop us from acting on what we do know”. One of my great struggles is accepting that I will not know and understand all of what God is doing. Yet all that is said in this Psalm is true.

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