Bible Reading: Psalm 144
Blessed be the Lord, my rock, who trains my hands for war, and my fingers for battle; my lovingkindness and my fortress, my stronghold and my deliverer, my shield and He in whom I take refuge, who subdues my people under me. O Lord, what is man, that You take knowledge of him? Or the son of man, that You think of him? Man is like a mere breath; his days are like a passing shadow. Bow Your heavens, O Lord, and come down; touch the mountains, that they may smoke. Flash forth lightning and scatter them; send out Your arrows and confuse them. Stretch forth Your hand from on high; rescue me and deliver me out of great waters, out of the hand of aliens whose mouths speak deceit, and whose right hand is a right hand of falsehood. I will sing a new song to You, O God; upon a harp of ten strings I will sing praises to You, who gives salvation to kings, who rescues David His servant from the evil sword. Rescue me and deliver me out of the hand of aliens, whose mouth speaks deceit and whose right hand is a right hand of falsehood. Let our sons in their youth be as grown-up plants, and our daughters as corner pillars fashioned as for a palace; Let our garners be full, furnishing every kind of produce, and our flocks bring forth thousands and ten thousands in our fields; let our cattle bear without mishap and without loss, let there be no outcry in our streets! How blessed are the people who are so situated; how blessed are the people whose God is the Lord!
When our boys were little, one of their favorite movies was Angels in the Outfield. They wore that thing out, and us with it! The film is about two little orphan boys named Roger and JP that had two prayers. First, they wanted to be adopted by families. Secondly, they wanted the Angels baseball team to win the pennant. Yes, I know, we are Rangers fans here, but the boys loved the movie. Little JP was the one with the most faith. He kept saying, “It could happen!” At the end of the film both boys got their prayers answered.
In this Psalm, David knows that his nation is at war with its surrounding neighbors, outnumbered likely by many. He also realizes that his life is just a shadow, and could be gone in a moment. Yet David prayed, wanting for his people to not only survive, but to thrive as well. He longed for the day when the Lord would sweep down and shake the mountains, and drop fire down on his enemies. He longed for the day when his people were so prosperous that all the barns were full of produce, when all the sheep and cattle numbered almost beyond counting. David longed for his people to be at peace. It could happen!
What do we long for today? I long for a time when God’s people fully and completely surrender to doing God’s work and will. I long for a time when our nation is so impacted by the love and grace of the gospel that it turns to Jesus. I long for a time when we quit fussing and fighting each other. It could happen.
Okay, maybe I’m a bit of an optimist here, but I know what God can do. He can turn this nation around. If we as His people humble ourselves and pray, and earnestly chase after the Lord and His righteousness, perhaps it’s not too late for our nation to repent and turn to Him. It could happen!
Weekly Memory Verse: The Lord is gracious and merciful; slow to anger and great in lovingkindness. Psalm 145.8