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An Out Of Date Psalm 062712

Reading Psalm 74 this morning it instantly struck me that it is far more likely that we would forget our God than God forgetting us:

 

1O God, why do you cast us off forever? Why does your anger smoke against the sheep of your pasture?

2Remember your congregation, which you acquired long ago, which you redeemed to be the tribe of your heritage. Remember Mount Zion, where you came to dwell.

Maybe we modern worshippers think we are special—the idea of God forgetting us never occurs. It is a fearful, horrible, scary thought. But we can do our part.

Pray for peace with God.

brother Bill

 

 

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Psalm 74

Isaiah 26:16—27:1

Luke 11:14-28

Psalm 74

1O God, why do you cast us off forever? Why does your anger smoke against the sheep of your pasture?

2Remember your congregation, which you acquired long ago, which you redeemed to be the tribe of your heritage. Remember Mount Zion, where you came to dwell.

3Direct your steps to the perpetual ruins; the enemy has destroyed everything in the sanctuary.

4Your foes have roared within your holy place; they set up their emblems there.

5At the upper entrance they hacked the wooden trellis with axes.

6And then, with hatchets and hammers, they smashed all its carved work.

7They set your sanctuary on fire; they desecrated the dwelling place of your name, bringing it to the ground.

8They said to themselves, “We will utterly subdue them”; they burned all the meeting places of God in the land.

9We do not see our emblems; there is no longer any prophet, and there is no one among us who knows how long.

10How long, O God, is the foe to scoff? Is the enemy to revile your name forever?

11Why do you hold back your hand; why do you keep your hand in your bosom?

12Yet God my King is from of old, working salvation in the earth.

13You divided the sea by your might; you broke the heads of the dragons in the waters.

14You crushed the heads of Leviathan; you gave him as food for the creatures of the wilderness.

15You cut openings for springs and torrents; you dried up ever-flowing streams.

16Yours is the day, yours also the night; you established the luminaries and the sun.

17You have fixed all the bounds of the earth; you made summer and winter.

18Remember this, O Lord, how the enemy scoffs, and an impious people reviles your name.

19Do not deliver the soul of your dove to the wild animals; do not forget the life of your poor forever.

20Have regard for your covenant, for the dark places of the land are full of the haunts of violence.

21Do not let the downtrodden be put to shame; let the poor and needy praise your name.

22Rise up, O God, plead your cause; remember how the impious scoff at you all day long.

23Do not forget the clamor of your foes, the uproar of your adversaries that goes up continually.

Isaiah 26:16—27:1

16O Lord, in distress they sought you, they poured out a prayer when your chastening was on them. 17Like a woman with child, who writhes and cries out in her pangs when she is near her time, so were we because of you, O Lord; 18we were with child, we writhed, but we gave birth only to wind. We have won no victories on earth, and no one is born to inhabit the world. 19Your dead shall live, their corpses shall rise. O dwellers in the dust, awake and sing for joy! For your dew is a radiant dew, and the earth will give birth to those long dead.

20Come, my people, enter your chambers, and shut your doors behind you; hide yourselves for a little while until the wrath is past. 21For the Lord comes out from his place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity; the earth will disclose the blood shed on it, and will no longer cover its slain.

27On that day the Lord with his cruel and great and strong sword will punish Leviathan the fleeing serpent, Leviathan the twisting serpent, and he will kill the dragon that is in the sea.

Luke 11:14-28

14Now he was casting out a demon that was mute; when the demon had gone out, the one who had been mute spoke, and the crowds were amazed. 15But some of them said, “He casts out demons by Beelzebul, the ruler of the demons.” 16Others, to test him, kept demanding from him a sign from heaven. 17But he knew what they were thinking and said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself becomes a desert, and house falls on house. 18If Satan also is divided against himself, how will his kingdom stand? —for you say that I cast out the demons by Beelzebul. 19Now if I cast out the demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your exorcists cast them out? Therefore they will be your judges. 20But if it is by the finger of God that I cast out the demons, then the kingdom of God has come to you. 21When a strong man, fully armed, guards his castle, his property is safe. 22But when one stronger than he attacks him and overpowers him, he takes away his armor in which he trusted and divides his plunder. 23Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters. 24“When the unclean spirit has gone out of a person, it wanders through waterless regions looking for a resting place, but not finding any, it says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came.’ 25When it comes, it finds it swept and put in order. 26Then it goes and brings seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they enter and live there; and the last state of that person is worse than the first.”

27While he was saying this, a woman in the crowd raised her voice and said to him, “Blessed is the womb that bore you and the breasts that nursed you!” 28But he said, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it!”

The New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

 

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