Today’s Scrip-Bit 27 October 2009 Psalm 77:8‏

Psalm 77:8    Is his mercy clean gone forever? Doth his promise fail for evermore?
Oh Friends, yesterday you all figured I was a crazy dreamer because I envisioned a big blanket of LOVE to cover the world and get instantaneous LOVE. I agree that the idea is a bit farfetched, though not impossible, if our God felt so inclined. But listen to Mark Twain’s take on dreams. ‘Don’t part with your illusions. When they are gone, you may still exist, but you have ceased to live.’ And that my people is the living truth! If we don’t have dreams, and preferably big ones, we’re not living, but merely existing. Why do you think the Lord made us with the capacity to dream eh? So that we can continually strive towards greater things, to a higher level, to excellence. Although we know that some of our dreams won’t be attained – notice I didn’t say unobtainable, since everything is obtainable if our God is involved – we still need to keep them in front of us so that we’ll have stuff to motivate, to encourage us to LIVE life, rather than just exist in it. Our dreams and illusions are what keep us alive and going, keep us excited about life. If we had nothing exciting to wake up and tackle each day, then life would just be one long, dreary, miserable, monotonous, unbearable existence, and we’d die from boredom. And I know it’s that way for many people simply because they don’t have any dreams, or their dreams are just too small to excite them. But when there’s stuff that excites us, that we look forward to… Oh Friends, we just can’t wait to get up and get to it. Note how quickly retirees pass away, if they just sit at home and do nothing, after working steadily for a number of years. That’s because the human mind and spirit were meant to be active, learning, being productive all through life. That brings us to Today’s Bit where the Psalmist, Asaph, though titling his song; ‘Who is so great a God as our God?’ is lamenting both his and his nation’s recent lack of compassion from the Lord. ‘Is his mercy clean gone for ever? Doth his promise fail for evermore?’ Oh my people, our God is not an illusion or a dream. He might exist in spirit form, but He’s certainly a living, breathing, LOVING, merciful, forgiving deity, with emotions like us, since He says we’re made in his likeness. He also made promises to our forefathers to always look after their descendants. So why would His mercy vanish? He’s existed forever, and will continue to do so. He’s made many promises over the ages and has never broken one. And though we know all this, sometimes it still feels like we are walking alone, afraid and sorrowful, unable to find answers to our questions, or solutions to our problems, this in spite of trying to be obedient and righteous. But my people, if we remember nothing else, please, please let’s remember this: NONE OF GOD’S PEOPLE EVER WALKS ALONE. I repeat: NONE OF GOD’S PEOPLE EVER WALKS ALONE! He might not be making His presence felt for whatever reason, possibly trying to teach us something we need to learn, or test us for promotion, but He’s ALWAYS, ALWAYS there right beside us, surrounding us with His aura of LOVE, safety and comfort. As we keep saying, a true Christian life is not an easy one, especially when Jesus seeks excellence from us all. And excellence isn’t just found, it requires hard work to attain. The Psalmist also asks: ‘Will the Lord cast us off for ever? And will he be favourable no more? (Ps.77:7) Oh Friends and faithful followers of Christ, how could He, when He’s our Father, our Lord and Sovereign God, our Creator and our Provider? Caring Gods and Fathers don’t just ditch or abandon their subjects and children. And our God is certainly a caring parent. Look at all the good things He’s done for us, and the breaks He’s given us when we were disobedient and disloyal. So when Asaph queries; ‘Hath God forgotten to be gracious? Hath he in anger shut up his tender mercies?’ (Ps.77:9) The answer to that, and to all the other questions is a most resounding, NO! We often don’t know or understand why the Lord does, or allows certain things, but we surely know that He always has the best interests of all believers at heart, and we need to bow, to submit ourselves to His superior wisdom and understanding. That’s what faith, trust and surrender means in the Christian walk. Rest assured my Friends, that the Lord will deliver His chosen. He did it for the Israelites in Egypt, for Noah from the flood, and Lot from the fiery destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. All the righteous will be saved. That’s His unfailing promise. But it’s still truly hard when you’re trying to do the right thing, but keep getting tragic results. However, we’ve got to stand strong, like Asaph did. It’s the only way to be a successful believer. ‘And I said, This is my infirmity (anguish): but I will remember the years of the right hand of the Most High. I will remember the works of the Lord: surely I will remember thy wonders of old. I will meditate also of all thy work, and talk of thy doings.’ (Ps.77:10-12) Yes my people, when the going gets rough, we need to remember all the good deeds the Lord has done for us and other believers over the years. We also need to study the Word and talk about it with others, for there’s nothing to get a good, heated discussion going like the Word, and the more we talk about it the more deeply it permeates our souls. Remember, when life is difficult, that’s when we need the Word most, cause it reminds us of all God’s endearing mercies, His everlasting LOVE and His never ending well-spring of forgiveness, which eventually lifts us up out of the mire of doubt, sorrow, fear, depression, anger, resentment, hatred…whatever negative sentiments or emotions that are overwhelming our spirits and souls. Selah. Oh my people, faith often is a rough road to travel, but as believers, we all have the necessary tools to successfully navigate it. So wait on the Lord and be of good courage. In His time, He will reveal all. Much LOVE!…though the  journey be rough and rugged…if we trust The Holy Trinity…they will comfort and safely guide us through…

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