Psalm 44

The purpose of this blog is to encourage you as you read through God’s Word.  By reading a chapter a day – you develop the healthy habit of being in the Bible on a daily basis, training your spiritual man in all things.  Along the way, as we have read from Genesis to the Psalms, I have been taking opportunity to point out the countless ways God is displayed as a Giver – and discounting the numerous inaccurate accusations about Him which grow out of ignorance to His Word.

 Another such example of this is found in Psalm 44.  This psalm is located in the 2nd Book of Psalms (42-72) and is one of several ascribed to the “Sons of Korah”.  The lineage of Korah can be traced back to the Israelites wandering in the desert, where a group of men led a rebellion against Moses, resulting in 250 of them being burned up by fire from heaven – with only their children being spared (Num 16).  Coincidentally, these children would grow into the Korahites – who would become Prophets (Samuel was a Korahite), as well as choral leaders and musicians in the Tabernacle and Temple during the time of King David/Solomon (1 Chron 9).  This group of Israelites played an important role in the thanksgiving services and pageantry when the Ark of the Covenant was brought to Jerusalem, and King David formed an elaborate organization for song, instrumental music, and prophesying through these me, (hence why they wrote the psalms).

 

While Psalm 44 begins with praise and adoration for God (vs 1-8); it unfortunately goes awry as the Psalmist begins to blame God for their current situation.

“But now you have rejected and humbled us;
    you no longer go out with our armies.

You made us retreat before the enemy,
    and our adversaries have plundered us.
You gave us up to be devoured like sheep
    and have scattered us among the nations.
You sold your people for a pittance,
    gaining nothing from their sale.

You have made us a reproach to our neighbors,
    the scorn and derision of those around us.
You have made us a byword among the nations;
    the peoples shake their heads at us.

I live in disgrace all day long,
    and my face is covered with shame
at the taunts of those who reproach and revile me,
    because of the enemy, who is bent on revenge.”
– Psalm 44:9-19

 

Notice how quickly the Psalmist has switched gears.  Prior to this passage, God was trustworthy and a Great Protector… yet now He is being accused of rejecting, abandoning, selling, and ruining His people!  Right after this (vs 20-22), the Psalmist defends his people’s innocence – instead blaming God for their predicament.

 

This is the problem with only reading portions of the Bible to gain your doctrine.  When people pull verses and phrases out of context and apply them to generalities – they make laws out of statements which were made in ignorance – meant to teach us the very opposite!  By reading through the whole Bible – we can trace the history of what actually was happening to the people being spoken of by the Psalmist – thus gaining an accurate picture of what is being said here.  Looking back into the Law – we see God repeatedly warn His people about what would happen if they choose their own way and reject His instructions.  Take a moment and read through Lev 26 and Deut 28 to refresh your memory of God’s warnings.   In these two chapters of the Law – God provides His people with details into what life will be like under His Blessing, as well as what it will be like under the Curse (“walking contrary to His ways” Lev 26:21). 

 

Ironically – it is the very things the Psalmist describes in Psalm 44 which are detailed in the Law as consequences of choosing the live contrary to God’s ways! 

 

With this knowledge – we can understand that this Psalmist is attributing innocence to himself (and his people) – while blaming God for their situation and attributing wrong doing to Him.  He then ends his little rant by asking God to “wake up” and “arise” and rescue them (after he had accused Him of doing it unfairly in the first place!). 

 

This is definitely not an example I would want to follow, yet unfortunately, numerous Christians still follow this poor example today.  While their own sin and selfish actions have invited Satan into their lives to destroy – instead of repenting and seeking the Lord’s help – they assert their innocence and attribute the calamity to the mysterious “will of God” – all to their own demise.

 

As we read through our chapters together my friends, ask the Holy Spirit to bring other examples such as this one to light.  Take time to study and learn from the whole counsel of the Word… and you will find yourself standing upon solid footing – instead of sinking with the ship!

 

 

Be Fruitful & Multiply,

PK

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