January 19, 2020: SOAP #3699: Genesis 47-48; Psalm 10; Luke 19
Scripture: Psalm (NIV) 10:1 Why, O LORD, do you stand far off? Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?…
3 He boasts of the cravings of his heart; he blesses the greedy and reviles the LORD.
4 In his pride the wicked does not seek him; in all his thoughts there is no room for God….
6 He says to himself, “Nothing will shake me; I’ll always be happy and never have trouble.”…
11 He says to himself, “God has forgotten; he covers his face and never sees.”
Observation: The first verse questions, “Where are you, God? Why are you not helping us? Don’t you care that we are hurting?” Then the next 10 verses give the answer. Here is why God seems so far off. It is because of the wickedness of the people. Man is so busy in his own greed that “in all his thoughts he has no room for God!” Man thinks that he does not need God. Some men even think that God has forgotten about this planet and pays us no attention to us.
Application: God seems so far away because we have pushed him out of the picture! We have ignored His laws and destroyed the innocent who are created in His image. How would we react if we were treated that way?
But Psalm 10 continues… “12 Arise, LORD! Lift up your hand, O God. Do not forget the helpless. 13 Why does the wicked man revile God? Why does he say to himself, “He won’t call me to account”? 14 But you, O God, do see trouble and grief; you consider it to take it in hand. The victim commits himself to you; you are the helper of the fatherless.”
Prayer: Heavenly Father, I worship you because you are not like me. Make me like you. You endured the greatest disrespect from your creation, yet you remain merciful and offer forgiveness. Your grace is amazing! Amen
Making friends for time and eternity!