Thursday, November 04 2010
Verse of the Week: V19 “Thou, O LORD, remainest for ever; Thy throne from generation to generation.”
1. Persecuted Without Peace (V1-14)
V5 “Our necks are under persecution: we labour, and have no rest.”
The people of Israel sinned against God yet they never expect that they would reap the devastating and destructive consequences of their sins and wickedness. They thought they were the people of God and could get away with their sins. Little did they expect God would send the mighty Egyptians and the Assyrians to attack and destroy them. Many were killed and those who survived were brought to Babylon and persecuted as slaves without peace and rest, as they toiled day and night under the wicked Babylonians.
V6 “We have given the hand to the Egyptians, and to the Assyrians, to be satisfied with bread.”
2. Dance Without Delight (V15-16)
V15 “The joy of our heart is ceased; our dance is turned into mourning.”
The people of God remembered the time when they danced with delight and joy as they celebrated the completion of the holy temple of God. However, as time passed, they failed to completely trust and obey God, and now they were in a foreign land and their dance had turned into mourning. Instead of reigning as princes of the King of heaven and earth, their crowns had fallen from their heads and they were under God’s fiery judgment.
V16 “The crown is fallen from our head: woe unto us, that we have sinned!”
3. Forsaken Without Forgotten (V17-22)
V19 “Thou, O LORD, remainest for ever; Thy throne from generation to generation.”
The children of God were forsaken by God for 70 long years as they labored as slaves in the land of Babylon. Though they were forsaken and rejected by God yet they were never forgotten by God. No matter how far the people of God strayed away from Him, no matter how wicked their sins were, no matter how they changed their attitude towards Him, God remains the same and reigns forever. Remember, God shall always bless and keep His children if we repent our sins, turn from our wicked ways, and trust and obey Him, and we shall reign with Him now and forever.
V20 “Wherefore dost Thou forget us for ever, and forsake us so long time?”
Prayer of the Week
Dearest God, please help me to stay close to You and reign with You now and forever.