Psalm 44

God sleeping while we are lambs to the slaughter. What would lead the authors of this psalm, the Sons of Jorah to say that?

Either it’s not time yet or God has other plans.

In fact the sons of Korah were involved in a great victory, that held the invaders at bay for a generation, as the commentator noted on palm 42. Maybe when this son of Korah was writing that hasn’t happened yet… The timing was wrong. Or maybe it had happened way in the past and needed to happen again.

Whatever, there are good times and bad times, as it says in Ecclesiastes.

But even once the timing aligned and the good times came, the meta story around them was the inverse of Joshua, which he refers to here.

The time when they claimed the promised land, the ascent to nationhood and greatness, has gone.

Coming is the time when they will be broken and booted out by Assyria and then Babylon.

God is not asleep, he is actively postponing judgement for most of Kings, to give the people a second chance. But his plan is judgement for the nation, it will only ever be a shadow of itself again.

And he is speaking and acting through the prophets to give a larger, different, understanding of salvation to the whole globe, not just the chosen people.

Is easy to see from our vantage point on history and hindsight that this prayer/song/plea is wrong in emphasis and perspective.

It’s rightness is that it is engagement with God. The holy spirit interprets, still does. Thank goodness God still loves misplaced passion!

It’s good to think and try to get insight, not be creatures of passion, blurting misguidedly. But to God sometimes, our best rational efforts and our rawest emotional outbursts must hardly seem different. I’m sure he prefers either to apathy.

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