WHEN GOD DOESN’T COME TO OUR RESCUE (PSALM 44)

SOMETIMES OUR MERCIFUL LORD

IS SO HARD TO UNDERSTAND

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GOD HAD CALLED JOHN THE BAPTIST FOR A GRAND PURPOSE..

WHEN HE WAS STILL IN HIS MOTHER’S WOMB HE LEAPED FOR JOY UPON RECOGNIZING JESUS IN MARY’S WOMB.

maryandelizabeth1-500x370HIS WHOLE LIFE WAS DEDICATED TO THE MESSIAH

TO PREPARE THE WAY FOR HIM

HE BAPTIZED AND PREACHED REPENTANCE

WITHOUT FEAR OF THE POWERFUL PHARISEES

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.HE GLORIFIED HIS LORD, CRYING:

BEHOLD, THE LAMB OF GOD WHO TAKES AWAY THE SINS OF THE WORLD,

HE KNEW HIS PLACE, SAYING:

HIS SANDALS I AM NOT WORTHY TO UNTIE

I MUST DECREASE BUT HE MUST INCREASE.

HE SAW WONDROUS THINGS:

HEAVEN OPEN AND THE SPIRIT OF GOD DESCEND LIKE A DOVE.

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THEN HE HEARD GOD SAY OF THIS ONE:

THIS IS MY BELOVED SON IN WHOM I AM WELL PLEASED. 

JOHN KNEW JESUS WAS THE ONE.

WE ALSO KNOW THAT GOD WAS PLEASED WITH JOHN,

FOR JESUS SAID:

NO MAN BORN OF WOMAN IS GREATER THAN JOHN THE BAPTIST.

YET, THIS IS WHAT HAPPENED TO JOHN:

“Herod the Tetrarch, who had been rebuked by him [John the Baptist] because of Herodias, his brother’s wife, and because of all the evil things that Herod had done, added to them all by shutting up John in prison.” (Luke 3:19-20)

An even more horrible fate awaits John, for the daughter of Herodias will dance, Herod will promise her half his Kingdom, and her mother will have her ask instead for the head of John on a platter. Understandably, John is confused. Was Jesus not sent to deliver His children from evil? So he sends word to Jesus:

Are you the one who was to come, or should we look for another?

(Matthew 11:3)

After all the exciting evidences, now it seems like God is sleeping.

This is the mood of Psalm 44.

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AWAKE! WHY ARE YOU SLEEPING, O LORD? (Psalm 44:25)

I have often said that the “psalms are bi-polar,” meaning there are great highs and great lows, for that is how life is.

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The psalms are bi-polar

In this psalm we have both, back to back, beginning with a high, and ending with a low. And God allows us to be honest, to “end with a low,” because that is how we are really feeling. Each of us have had times when it felt like God did not come to our rescue. And sometimes, on earth, HIS BEST die terrible deaths. When Jesus answered John in prison, He pointed to the evidences that He was indeed the Messiah. He doesn’t deliver us from this present age, but oh, He does deliver us. We have something the psalmist and John the Baptist did not have that helps us realize that Jesus came for every generation — not just one. And that one day, this earthly suffering will seem so small.

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 I remember a few weeks ago a few of you wrote that your sacrifice of weeping is to be content where you are in hard circumstances right now AND NOT TRY TO ESCAPE. I thought that was beautiful, and I think Psalm 44 will minister to you. You can be honest with God, and He will find a way to give you comfort and hope, despite the difficulties you are living right now. And remember:

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SUNDAY: ICE-BREAKER

1. What stood out to you from the above, and why?

2. Is there an area where you are looking for rescue, but God seems silent?

MONDAY-WEDNESDAY BIBLE STUDY

Here is Psalm 44 sung in Hebrew, but with English sub-titles. It will prepare you for this study. (Please copy and paste in your browser. I found this too late to get tech help!)

http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=songs+of+lament+youtube+psalm+44&FORM=VIRE3#view=detail&mid=FB266AD36B5566082971FB266AD36B5566082971

3. Read Psalm 44:1-8 and describe the mood and the thankfulness for past rescues.

4. Share one way God has rescued you in the recent past.

5. Read Psalm 44:9-16 and describe the mood and the phrases that point to a lack of rescue.

6. How can you see Jesus in the above passage?

7. Read Psalm 44:17-22 and describe why this lack of rescue is particularly confusing.

8. Read Psalm 44:23-26. What phrases of lament strike you and why?

THURSDAY-FRIDAY SERMON

9. I FOUND THIS JEWEL OF A SERMON ON PSALM 44. LISTEN AND SHARE YOUR NOTES AND THOUGHTS:

https://refopc.org/2012/08/psalm-441-26-why-have-you-broken-us/

10. Having listened to this sermon, how might you pray this psalm in your circumstances right now — or how might you pray it for the persecuted Christians?

 

SATURDAY

11. What is your take-a-way and why?

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Takeaway: Shirley’s comment in being encouraged to draw near to God and ask ‘why’ even if it feels unjustified, for my heart is deceptive and dark waters run deep..bitterness can creep in like a fox in my vineyard and God desires for me to come to Him like this Psalmist does and ask why-a beautiful first step in keeping the foxes out, and our intimacy flourishes and the vineyard is in bloom. Like Jesus did on the cross-my father, my father why have you forsaken me!
 
Also, seeing Jesus in this Psalm is deeply encouraging me. He loves me despite me-He sees me. His Holy spirit inside me, and because of the cross I can ask why and know He desires that and won’t forsake me..I can be naked and vulnerable and extremely fallible yet loved to the sky!  

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I get to listen to the sermon while cleaning today. Looking forward to it after hearing everyone’s rave reviews. :)))

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Take-a-way: The sermon was my take-a-way. Just to be encouraged to not escape like Dee said in the introduction. To stay where I am and see His hand and allow it all to draw me closer to Him. To rest in the Potter’s hand, to stay humble and honest but trust. Also realizing that some things I desired rescue from are things to long suffer through and not escape is also tremendously encouraging to me.
Psalm 44:3 was the ‘highlight’ verse for me –
for not by their own sword did they win the land,    nor did their own arm save them,but your right hand and your arm,    and the light of your face,    for you delighted in them.

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As a sidenote.  I got stuck by question 2 and ended up wrestling that for a while so I missed a lot of the comments, in fact didn’t get to read hardly any. =( I always miss that when I am unable to read all but you are all still on my prayer list and I pray for you as well as appreciate you!! =)
 
I did catch a few comments about so many comments being hard to keep up with. Dee – perhaps we should study that? How do we follow God’s leading in situations that are overwhelming and our desire to minister to all but it just isn’t possible? Perhaps that would be helpful? Just my 2 cents. I love it here, it is a beautiful mess. ;) I struggled back in January with the overwhelming comments but don’t mind now because God has never failed to reveal more of Himself to me through the weekly study. I always learn something, am always encouraged, always convicted. Thank you, Dee. Your process of asking questions has been so beneficial in studying and leaning in to Him. Blessings as you continue to facilitate and lead. =)

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I went back to an old 2010 post as Dee’s 3 parts to the lament always help me focus. Thought others might like to see it again too, I have reviewed it so many times, but I seem to need “continued education” :)
1. The lament — the honest complaint or cry of your sorrowing fearful heart
2. (The turn) Remembering God’s goodness in the past. Remembrance God’s character.
3. The prayer, based now on faith in God, or the resolve, based on faith in God.

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    Thanks, Elizabeth……I’m copy/pasting the 3 points.  My husband asked me yesterday the definition of a lament……

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