Monday, April 11, 2011

Never Ignored

Sing praises to the Lord who reigns in Jerusalem. Tell the world about his unforgettable deeds. For he who avenges murder cares for the helpless. He does not ignore those who cry to him for help. Psalm 9: 11-12 NLT

What shall I do with these verses?

Certainly we can all sing praises to God. But God doesn't just rule in Jerusalem. God really should be reigning in our hearts.

Just a few days ago, I encouraged us all to witness to God's marvelous deeds. However, I was not thinking one of them would be avenging murder!

What an odd thought to think about the God who allowed his own son to be murdered, yet did not avenge his death. Instead, God offered forgiveness and a chance of eternal life by raising his son from the dead. 
God has done plenty of wonderful deeds besides avenging murder. Perhaps instead of avenging murder this should be "forgiving our sins" or forgiving the murder of Christ.

Then we have the verse that tells us God does not ignore those who cry to God for help. Perhaps God does not always give us the help we think we need. But God never ignores us.

God reigns. We need to tell the world about all God has done. God cares for and does not ignore the helpless. That is what we can glean from these verses.

God, we sing your praises and tell of your unforgettable deeds! Thank you for hearing our cries for help and caring for us so much that you did not avenge your son's death but offered us forgiveness and eternal life. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Copyright 2011 Amelia G. Sims

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