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God’s Got Your Back
“Who rises up against the wicked? Who stands up for me against the evildoers? If the Lord had not been my help, my soul would soon have lived in the land of silence. When I thought, ‘My foot slips,’ your stead-fast love, O Lord, held me up. When the cares of my heart are many, your consolations cheer my soul. When the cares of my heart are many, your consolations cheer my soul.” Psalm 94:6-19


A popular expression of support, commitment and friendship is: “I’ve got your back.” The knowledge that someone is there for you, especially when you are in need, is not only a comfort, it is the basis of what we are called to be as the church and followers of Jesus Christ. Psalm 94 offers various perspectives on dealing with all the problems of the world such as injustice and oppression in real terms. It’s an honest assessment of the world that the Psalmist lived in, which is similar to our own. Questions about injustice, the success of the wicked and God’s timing abound in this Psalm. I often chuckle after reading Psalms like this one because the author asks God “those questions.” What do I mean by “those questions?” These are the questions that challenge us, make us angry or confuse us; we question what God is doing yet we are often to “pious” to ask God ourselves! However, what distinguishes this Psalm from a lament is the attributes it gives to God. Did you catch the promise that God is there when your foot slips or you are heavy laden? This is a God that has your every hair numbered and watches your every foot step on the path. This is an everlasting assurance that God is with you and for you.
There is one area where the Psalmist is silent: our response. I couldn’t help wonder about the reaction we feel in response to such grace. This is love unearned, undeserved, yet abundantly given. It has been said that because of the immenseness of grace, we often lose the meaning and expression of it in our lives. Have we lost the “amazing” in grace? Have we gotten into habits that distance ourselves from God and the church? This seems to be a common dilemma. Praying this week for a restoration of my own closeness with God seemed to go unanswered until I made a personal discovery. This was the realization that it was I who had distanced myself from God through the absence of my usual prayer routines and spiritual disciplines. I am sure my experience is not unique. I want to challenge all of us to re-examine our lives in the context of our relationship with God and the church, for they are integrally connected. Are you where you want to be in your career, your personal life, or in your relationships? I bring these subjects up as too many people seek remedies for the challenges and problems of life apart from God and his church. Happiness, fulfillment and contentment can and will only happen through a correct relationship with God. As the Psalmist notes, not all of life will be fair, easy or even make sense. However, we need to be making the right choices with the right priorities. We have the assurance of what we read in the Bible - God has our back. The question is, do we have His? I want to challenge all of us to draw closer to God through Christ. Throughout scripture we are told that God waits with open arms for our return to him. Will you run into his arms?
Peace and Blessings,
Pastor Harry