December 19

Psalm 80:4-7

“O Lord God of hosts, how long will you be angry with your people’s prayers?” vs. 4

The psalmist was very aware of his people’s history. He’d heard the stories and committed them to memory. He knew they were a blessed and privileged people and that God had rescued them out of slavery and given them a fresh start and a new land. He also knew that they had messed up big time! Instead of doing justice and showing mercy they had been power hungry and arrogant even to the point of worshipping other gods…and now they were in trouble, besieged by enemies and on the verge of extinction. He believed in his heart that God was fed up with them and was even angry with their prayers for help. It’s easy to think that way about God when we’ve broken promises and made poor choices and are experiencing the consequences of a decadent lifestyle. Life can be pretty miserable sometimes and it’s not a stretch to think that God is angry with our prayers of desperation. We can even begin to think that we’ve fallen out of God’s graces. Of course that’s never the truth. It wasn’t for Israel and it isn’t for us. God’s love is unconditional and God’s mercy is never ending. Every one of us is a precious child of God and when we fall on hard times God continues to love us. And if we’re feeling unlovable, God loves us all the more.

Thought for the Day: Times when I’ve felt unlovable!

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