“If we believe in God only when he is doing great things for us, we are not really serving him; we are only using him”. Keller, The Songs of Jesus, 173
Reflection: Psalm 74 arises from one of the most bitter experiences in Israel’s history: the destruction of Jerusalem and the temple by the Babylonian army in 587BC. This devastation brought to an end the Kingdoms of Israel and Judah. “Why don’t you do something, Lord?” is a (mild) paraphrase of verse 11. When we face our own devastations, we often cry out the same question. Verse 12 is the answer of faith: ‘God is my King from long ago; he brings salvation on the earth’. Our situation may not be fixed in this life, but God is our King.
Prayer: God our King, we thank you that in the most difficult of situations, you are still in control. We often don’t understand why life happens the way it does. Help us in our darkest hours to remember that you are our King and that you bring salvation through Jesus. In him we trust, Amen
Take it further: Read Romans 8:28-39. God doesn’t promise to relieve us of our struggles. But what does he promise us as we walk through struggles trusting in Jesus?
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Nat Rosner grew up in Sydney, lives in Melbourne and loves both cities! A former lawyer, she’s now a Minister at St Hilary's in Victoria and is passionate about sunshine, summer, sport, reading and local church ministry.
This reflection was originally posted as part of the Winter Warmers series at St Hilary's