Today’s (Su 08/10/2017) FDR is Psalm 83 .
This psalm sets out to call God’s attention to the assault made on Him through the attacks of His enemies on His people, Israel. So in a similar way the poem describing the chaos and cacophony of the cannon against which the British Light Brigade rode in 1854 mimics, in an earthly way, the forces aligned against God and His people.
There are two perspectives here that I want to focus on briefly:
God is responsible. Not for our troubles, but for our safekeeping. Biblical historians tell us there is no time in earlier history when all these nations were arraigned, all at the same time, against God’s chosen people Israel. Since the resurrection of our saviour Jesus we live in the ‘end times’, those times between Jesus’ resurrection and His second coming. Various authors have suggested that now, in the late 20th and early 21st Centuries, there is an alignment of nations, descended from the listed nations in Psalm 83, arranged around the current physical home of the Israel nation. This cry of help calls for assistance from God prophetically for this occurrence. This is a call for assistance against the physical threat of being overrun and wiped from the face of the earth.
God is attentive. We have a much more important perspective to understand here. Our living in the ‘end times’, before Christ returns to judge the earth and its people, has a whole other level of understanding. While, the spiritual struggle is won in Jesus Christ and death has lost its sting, we are to continue here on earth seeking to enable as many who don’t know Jesus as Lord to change their minds and accept Him.
None of our circumstances today deny the opposition Satan and his workers bring to our current environment whatever you or I think will crush us or destroy us. Yet we too have the words of the Great Commission and other repeated affirmations in Scripture, including the words of Jesus in many circumstances, to assure us that God is responsible for us and is attentive to us.
But more than that. God has promised us that He alone provides us with an eternal life through faith in Jesus. These promises are written in the Bible and on our hearts as we come to faith in Jesus and understanding of the great gift of eternal life in God.
Can I encourage you to take this psalm into your own personal armoury against the powers of evil to use when you feel overrun by those apparently arraigned against you or those whom you love. To call on our Almighty God to hold back the perceived overwhelming forces opposed against Him and His children. Yes, You and I too.
May you be blessed and strengthened through calling on Our God.
- Title from verse 3 of Alfred, Lord Tennyson’s poem The charge of the Light Brigade
- The Great Commission as recorded in Matthew 28: 18-20