Morning devotion: Read psalm 88

Psalms 88:10  ¶Wilt thou shew wonders to the dead? shall the dead arise and praise thee? Selah. 11  Shall thy lovingkindness be declared in the grave? or thy faithfulness in destruction? 12  Shall thy wonders be known in the dark? and thy righteousness in the land of forgetfulness? 13  But unto thee have I cried, O LORD; and in the morning shall my prayer prevent thee. 14  LORD, why castest thou off my soul? why hidest thou thy face from me? 15  I am afflicted and ready to die from my youth up: while I suffer thy terrors I am distracted. 16  Thy fierce wrath goeth over me; thy terrors have cut me off. 17  They came round about me daily like water; they compassed me about together. 18  Lover and friend hast thou put far from me, and mine acquaintance into darkness.

Psalm 88 is a Psalm of remorse, a Psalm picturing one who’s eyes have been taken off the Lord. While Heman knew the Lord as we saw in verse one, we find him focusing on this life and this life only. The last eight verses give us a clear picture of what one goes through when they leave the Lord out of their life. The Christian who takes their eyes off the Lord, is one of the most miserable people on earth. All they see is negativity and sorrow and adopt the “Woe is me attitude.”

I am reminded of what Corey Ten Boom said after experiencing the ravages of the concentration camps during WWWII. “If you look at the world, you’ll be distressed. If you look within, you’ll be depressed. If you look at God you’ll be at rest.”

With this coronavirus and all of its implications looming over most of the world, man has a tendency to look at the negativity and sorrow of it all. While the Christian looks toward the Lord and sees the glory of it all. We know that these things are a part of God’s plan and take refuge in the God of all creation.

Don’t be like those in Luke 21:26, be like those in Luke 21:28

Luke 21:26  Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. 27  And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. 28  And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.

We as Christians are a people, or should be, who’s heart and trust is in the Lord.

Philippians 4:6  Be careful (anxious or troubled or worry) for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. 7  And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

The choice is still yours,

Pastor Cook