Today’s blog—prepared by a staff at Kairos Christian Church in San Diego (Cal)—was first posted on July 6, 2013.
Spiritual Food for Thought for the Weekend
“The Moment When We Became His”
Psalms 74:1-3, 12-15
O God, why have you rejected us forever? Why does your anger smolder against the sheep of your pasture? 2 Remember the nation you purchased long ago, the people of your inheritance, whom you redeemed—Mount Zion, where you dwelt. 3 Turn your steps toward these everlasting ruins, all this destruction the enemy has brought on the sanctuary. 12 But God is my King from long ago; he brings salvation on the earth. 13 It was you who split open the sea by your power; you broke the heads of the monster in the waters. 14 It was you who crushed the heads of Leviathan and gave it as food to the creatures of the desert. 15 It was you who opened up springs and streams; you dried up the ever-flowing rivers.
In Psalm 74, the psalmist laments the judgment of God and the destruction of the sanctuary. This likely refers to the Babylonian invasion under Nebuchadnezzar. God’s people have seen their homes destroyed, their loved ones killed or exiled, and the temple, symbolizing the very presence of God, torn to the ground.
In the midst of such despair, the psalmist finds hope in three places. The first is in the Exodus. The psalmist remembers His God who split the red sea, who crushed the Leviathan, referring to the Egyptian army, and how God supernaturally provided food and drink for His people.
More than a random display of God’s power, the Exodus was the defining event in which God adopted the Israelites as His own. It was in the Exodus that they became God’s people.
Reflect upon your own testimony. How does the power and love of God displayed in your past provide hope for you today?
Prayer: God, I thank You that Your love for me is incredible. I thank You that You pursued me even when I was running away from You. I thank You that You are the Almighty God, who was able to change such a hardened heart as mine. I thank You that I belong to You because of what Your Son did on the cross. I put my trust in You, the God who is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
Bible Reading for Today: Matthew 28