Kia ora Cambridge Baptist and friends,
As I suspected yesterday, after a hitting the gym for the first time in 6 weeks yesterday I am feeling a bit tender this morning, but what a joy to get out and do something different.
But getting on to more important things. Over the past week I hope you, as I have, have come to see that Psalm 77 has tremendous value for anyone who has ever asked in despair can I really depend on God? Is there any purpose to my existence? Does God really care? n the psalm we have seen the psalmist find his way from questioning whether the love of the Lord has ceased, whether His promises have ended, whether He has forgotten to be gracious and whether His anger has dulled his compassion, to the triumphant declaration in verse 13: "Your way, O God, is holy. What god is great like our God?"
How does he do it? By first acknowledging that his thinking has been self-centered and driven by emotion rather than logic. By checking his thinking, and placing God back at the center, he brings to mind the great things God has done in the past. He thinks long and hard about those actions and the redemptive quality behind them. In verse 15 he says, “You with your arm redeemed your people. The children of Jacob and Joseph.” He notes the wonderous way God did it, by leading his people “through the great waters”. And he notes the manner in which God acted, “by leading them like a flock?”
In his meditation the Psalmist has hit on an important truth. God doesn’t just do actions in history. He doesn’t just allow things to happen. He doesn’t just do things on a whim. He acts for a reason. First his acts have a redemptive quality. When God acts, he acts with the ultimate objective of reconciling people back to himself. Of restoring what is lost. So when we look at history and see what God has done in the past, we can see God’s true character. We can see he is a God of wonders who isn’t afraid to show his might and power. He creates a dry path through the deep waters, he leads his people by a cloud filled with thunder, he raises his son from the dead.
But in his actions God also shows his compassion and his love – he leads his people like a shepherd. In his son he came not be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.
When we check out thinking and pose our questions against what God has done in the past – then we must conclude as the psalmist did, that there is no reason for despair - there is none like our God, because he is God who works wonders, he is a God who shows his might, and he is a God who loves and shows compassion to his people - including to us -all we need to do is placed our trust in him.
Father, thank that you are a redemptive God. That you for showing your work in history and in our own life as well. Thank You that by Your work You give purpose and turn me from despair to victory.