A Devo From Scot - Psalm 108

Dear Church,

Once again, I invite your heart to slow down, take a deep breath and feast on the Living Word of God as the primary way to bring truth, peace and redemptive action into your life today. Please take some time to read Psalm 108.

As you read, you’ll find that this psalm of David is difficult in places. The reminders of faith at the beginning seem to be born of a hard question in verse 11: “Have not You Yourself, O God, rejected us?” This does indeed seem to be an honest question. I think it takes a lot of guts to say something like that to God. I wonder if you can relate to the question at all? Perhaps in times of difficulty, you’ve wondered the same somewhere quiet and hidden and deep within. Perhaps not.

With some mirror-reading, it seems that David wrote this worship song in the midst of great military or political stress. Mentions of armies and deliverance seem to corroborate the suspicion. This is also why God’s voice speaks so powerfully and purposefully in verses 7-9. You could summarize these verses with a simple Divine reminder: “All things are Mine and are under My sovereign supervision.”

David’s conclusion follows this summarization: “Deliverance by man is in vain. Through God we will do valiantly.” You would do well today to remind your heart of the same. Only God is always true, always just, always honorable, always righteous, always holy. So, in any level or sphere of anxiety - from across-the-street-neighbor drama to world wars - God’s power and character are our only real hope.

I hope this truth brings you some rest and freedom today. He sees you. He knows. He’s busy working His good purposes. Yes, even in 2020. Maybe especially in 2020.

I love you church,

Scot

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