July 31, Sunday: Praise God
Scripture Reading: Psalm 83
God is irritating, isn’t He? I know that’s sounds harsh or even disrespectful, but it isn’t. It is honest, though. Think about it; why do we experience irritation? Is it not because people or circumstances or situations are not what we think they should be? Is not God pretty famous for that? failing to meet our expectations? He’s always right and good and wise. We are not. What He thinks and what He does infinitely surpasses our own thoughts and actions (Isa. 55:8-9). We should expect that what God does won’t match what we are thinking. So, we end up sounding just like this Psalm, “O God, do not keep silence; do not hold your peace or be still, O God!” (v. 1). How many of our appeals to God are for Him to act like we think He should? Really, we’re trying to quell our irritation.
Questions to Ponder:
- How are God’s people described in v. 3?
- Whose descendants are these enemies of God’s people? (v. 8)
- What are these enemies requested to be made like? (v. 13)
- What is suggested as the reason for God to take action? (vv. 16, 18)