A Cry For God’s Help

A Cry For God’s Help

We have heard with our ears, O God, Our fathers have told us, The deeds You did in their days, In days of old (Psalm 44:1, NKJV)

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Psalm 44 is a prayer for God’s deliverance. Just as the forefathers told their offspring and the upcoming or younger generations abut how God worked and moved in their lives, we should do the same. We should tell others about God and the wondrous things He has done for us. They should know that it is God who saves and delivers and that is why we must always trust Him.

We can’t deliver ourselves from troubles, trials, etc. It is God who saves and delivers us. We have victory not in our own strength but in God and God alone. He gives us victory over our enemies (the world, sin, death, the flesh and Satan).

The sons of Korah encourages us to boast in God all day long and to praise His name forever. Then, they talk about God casting them off and putting them to shame. He did not go out with their armies and He made them turn back from the enemy.

They said that God had given them up like sheep intended for food and had scattered them among the nations. He sold His people for nothing and was not enriched by their price. He made them a reproach to their neighbors and a scorn and derision to those all around them. He made them a byword among the nations and a shaking of the head among the peoples.

The psalmist’s dishonor is continually before him and the same of his face covers him and this is all because of the one who reproaches and reviles; the enemy and the avenger.

All this had come upon the people but as far as the psalmist knew the people had not forgotten God nor dealt falsely with His covenant. Their steps and had not departed from His way nor their hearts turned back. But He had severely broken them in the place of jackals and covered them with the shadow of death.

If they had forgotten the name of their God or had stretched out their hands to (worshipped) a foreign god wouldn’t God have searched this out? He knew the secrets of the heart. Yet for His sake they were filled all day long and were accounted as sheep for the slaughter.

In Romans 8:36, Paul quotes verse 22 and uses it to describe our relationship with Christ from whose love no one nor anything can separate us (Romans 8:35). In verse 37, he declares, “Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.”

In Psalm 44:23-26, there is an appeal to God to awake and arise and not to cast the people off forever. The psalmist asks God why does He hide His face and forget their affliction and oppression.

He said that the nation’s soul is bowed down to the ground in humiliation and their body cling to the ground. He appeals to God to arise for their help and to redeem them for His mercies’ sake. Why does he cry to God? He has faith that God will answer his prayer because He is merciful.

When you are in trouble or distress and you cry out to God for His help in faith and humility, He will hear you and He will answer. In my distress I called upon the LORD, And cried out to my God; He heard my voice from His temple, And my cry came before Him, even to His ears (Psalm 18:6, NKJV)