Lord, sometimes we need a reminder of who you are – of all that you are.
When our words and works seem to fall short. When our efforts don’t have the effects we anticipated. When nothing we offer seems like enough. Remind us – that it was never about us in the first place. It was always about you.
🌸 Psalm 146 🌸
Lord, you are…
• powerful (v 6) • faithful (v 6) • just (v 7) • provider (v 7) • deliverer (v 8 ) • healer of body (v 8 ) • healer of spirit (v 8 ) • protector (v 9) • sustainer (v 9) • eternal ruler (v 10)
There were a lot of wrong things going on among God’s people.
THE PROBLEM • pride and arrogance (v 9) • did not turn to the Lord (v 13) • the leaders were leading the people astray (v 16) • everyone was godless, doing evil, and speaking disgraceful things (v 17) • the needy were denied justice and orphans/widows were taken advantage of (v 10:2)
What we see is that arrogance and oppression was everywhere.
The Lord was angry and judgement came in a mighty way.
THE RESULT • the Lord stirs up enemies (v 11) • the Lord’s hand is against them (v 12, 17, 21, 10:4) • sudden judgement (v 14) • the land is destroyed (v 19) • the people turn on each other (v 19) • the people are hungry and unsatisfied (v 20) • punishment and ruin (v 10:3) • no refuge (v 10:3) • imprisonment and death (v 10:4)
Lord, give us eyes that see arrogance and oppression in ourselves and the world around us. May we be quick to repent and turn to you.