Psalms For All People

44:2 How you did drive out the heathen with your hand and planted them; how you did afflict the people, and cast them out. 44:3 For they got not the land in possession by their own sword, neither did their own arm save them: but your right hand, and your arm, and the light of your countenance, because you had a favour unto them. 44:4 You are my King, O God: command deliverances for Jacob. 44:5 Through you will we push down our enemies: through your name will we tread them under that rise up against us. 44:6 For I will not trust in my bow, neither shall my sword save me. (Psalms 44:2-6 KJV)

          The psalms are not dry sermons or lectures on philosophy. They are passionate expressions of love and devotion to God. They cover every human emotion, from great joy to bitter despair is expressed somewhere in the books of psalms.

          Not every psalm is a praise psalm, but the main theme of the book is praise to God. The psalms originally were sung and God enjoys it when his praises are not only spoken in words, but also sung in songs.

          When I thought about writing from psalms I thought about, among other things and nations, Ukraine. Psalms forty-four stood out among a few others, therefore I focused on the small passage above.

          Ukraine, as I see it, was wronged, invaded by their neighbor. Something that have happened thousands of times across thousands of years. It is something that will happen time and time again. History repeats itself over and over again, just in a different time and, most times, in a different place.

          When people have faith in God to lead and care for them, they shall overcome. When they begin to lose faith in God, question God, and have no desire to help themselves to help God, all is lost. The people of Ukraine seem (to me) to be hanging on and are a God fearing, God praising people.

          As it is sung in verse forty-four, people did not acquire the land or possessions themselves, God did. The people did not conqueror their enemy, God did. All that is necessary is to have God in their minds and hearts. Praise God and He will grant His help in all that is necessary.

          But wait a minute, you may be wondering why these books are considered songs. I will attempt to explain it like this. Biblical poetry does not rhyme, not in Hebrew in which it was written nor in English. A lot of todays spoken word (poetry/music) does not rhyme. In the past when history was passed down, generation to generation, is was spoken or sung like it is in psalms.

          I wrote that to say this, to Ukraine and others that need to take heed. Believe in God, praise God, and let God lead the way so that you may defeat your enemy. Read psalms and learn what God have done and know how to praise God and have Him help you. Also, coupled with praises, whatever emotional condition we find ourselves in, the psalms will touch our lives.


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