Meditations in the Psalms
The story of Israel in the wilderness is indeed tragic, but the story of their possession of the land reveals tragedy as well. During the time of the rule of “judges,” Israel was experiencing a cycle of sin, attack, captivity, bondage, and deliverance. Our passage today reminds us of that awful cycle, and how common it is to all of us. We are delivered by the Lord, and then fall into sin and disobedience, bondage to our selfish pursuits, experiencing Satanic attacks; then, we cry out to God, and He delivers us. Thank God that His ears are always open unto our cries.
- The reaction of the Lord against His people – verse 40
- The rule of the heathen over them – verse 41
- The result of bondage – verse 42
- The rescue which the Lord brought many times – verse 43a
- The reason God’s people suffered like this – verse 43b
Yes, they were “brought low for their iniquity.” That’s what sin does to us. It is a cruel taskmaster, and the results are more tragic than we anticipated.
Verse for Meditation
Verse 43 – “Many times did He deliver them; but they provoked Him with their counsel, and were brought low for their iniquity.”
“May I never forget the tragic consequences of sinning against You, O Lord.”