Reaping | Psalm 74:1-11
Today's Passage: Psalm 74:1-11
Key Verse: Psalm 74:1
A maskil of Asaph.
O God, why have you rejected us forever? Why does your anger smolder against the sheep of your pasture?
The divided heart of King Solomon led to the division of his country. After his death civil war split the country in two — Israel in the north and Judah in the south. The Assyrians conquered Israel in 722 BC and took the people captive. In 586 BC, Jerusalem fell to the Babylonians. This psalm describes the fall.
God's people turned their backs on him. Again and again he sent prophets to get their attention and to warn them of coming doom, but each time they mocked the messengers of God. Like a loving father disciplines his children, so our loving Father brought the Babylonians into play. They smashed the beautifully carved paneling of the temple and set it on fire. They burned "every place where God was worshiped in the land."
As it was in the land of Israel, so it is in our lives. The solemn truth is this: We will reap what we sow. Sow obedience and reap God's blessing.
Father, remind us often of that solemn truth. Help us to sow the things today that will grow great blessing in our lives tomorrow. In Jesus' name. Amen.