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Seek good and find delight

Jesus is smiling. He takes great pleasure in giving me freedom. My life is a gift from God. I didn’t earn it. I didn’t fight for it. Someone before me did. I need to thank God for those who fought for me and won the victory for me.

The gift, of course, starts with Jesus. Jesus is the King of God’s country. He fought and won my freedom for me. Jesus paid the price and having paid the price with His blood, rose from the dead into an incorruptible body. It continued with the early disciples and apostles. They gave their lives so that I could know Jesus and His truth.

We’ve been hearing about this, God, all our lives. Our fathers told us the stories their fathers told them, how single-handedly you weeded out the godless from the fields and planted us, how you sent those people packing but gave us a fresh start. We didn’t fight for this land; we didn’t work for it — it was a gift! You gave it, smiling as you gave it, delighting as you gave it. | Psalm 44:1-3

So lets go deeper:

  1. The context of Psalm 44 is a lament of the nation in a time of unequaled disaster. Because of God’s deliverance of the nation’s ancestors, and because of the people’s present faith, they prayed earnestly that God would give them victory.
    1. Their prayer was prompted by the fact that they were experiencing defeats which they did not understand.
    2. The psalm is unique as an assertion of national fidelity.
  2. The people asserted their confidence in the Master, based on His past dealings with the nation and her present faith.
  3. After stating that Israel knew of God’s marvelous works in the past, they recalled specifically that the Lord gave them the land under Joshua. This was recognized as a miraculous work of God, by His hand … arm, favor, and love, not by their own strength.
  4. There is good news. Jesus won the victory.
    1. His saints throughout the ages have passed on to us the foundation of the gift of God.
    2. We must give thanks for His great love and mercy.
  5. Here is the fountain from whence every stream of mercy flows. The Master’s delight in his people, his peculiar affection, his distinguishing regard – this is the mainspring which moves every wheel of a gracious providence. Israel was a chosen nation, hence their victories and the scattering of their foes; believers are an elect people, hence their spiritual blessings and conquests.
  6. There was nothing in the people themselves to secure them success, the Master’s favour alone did it, and it is ever so in our case, our hope of final glory must not rest on anything in ourselves, but on the free and sovereign favour of the Messiah Jesus, King of God’s country.