So, this post comes as a fruit of reading the book of Psalms in the consecutive pattern 🙂 Psalm 77 and Psalm 78.
Psalm 77 – In this Psalm, David writes about his plea to God in his distress. It basically outlines the thoughts that all of us encounter when we face trials in life. David, going through a dark phase in his life thinks that he has lost the favor of God(v7-8). Which certainly was not true. Having encountered these thoughts, the easiest approach for David was to get settled with his thoughts, get discouraged, and assume that he was being cut off from God. But, when we read through the Psalm, we see that David did not settle or agree with any of it. Rather he changed his approach and fought back by declaring God’s goodness in his life. (related verses from the Psalm is as below)
10 Then I thought, “To this, I will appeal:
the years when the Most High stretched out his right hand.
11 I will remember the deeds of the Lord;
yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago.
12 I will consider all your works
and meditate on all your mighty deeds.”
Psalm 78 – In this Psalm, David writes about the importance of speaking about the goodness of God to the new generation so that they become aware of how mighty and loving our God is. Having described the miracles God did for Israelites, David also significantly highlights the attitude of the Israelites towards God. Though they witnessed God moving with them throughout their journey, performing miracles, providing them according to their needs. They still rebelled against God. Every time they faced a trial or had a need, their approach towards God came out as a question that doubted God’s mighty hands. (related verses from the Psalm is as below)
19 They spoke against God;
they said, “Can God really
spread a table in the wilderness?
20 True, he struck the rock,
and water gushed out,
streams flowed abundantly,
but can he also give us bread?
Can he supply meat for his people?”
What David did in Psalm 77 is keep a record of all the good deeds of God. What Israelites did in Psalm 78 is forget all of it.
The 2 approaches we see here are –
- One from David, who by meditating on the goodness of God kept on adding more into his bag of faith.
- The other approach is from the Israelites, no matter how much God poured out His love on them, their stubborn heart failed to recognize His good works.
And we all know whom God said is the man next to His own Heart – David.
David made an approach that nullified the lies of the enemy and declared the goodness of God.
All that I want to bring out here is that it is on us to nullify and counter back at the lies of the enemy. Though the toughest approach to do, yet the only approach that can make us as Children next to God’s own Heart 🙂
We get to choose our approaches… choose good!