DAILY BIBLE READING:
1 Kings 3:3–4:34
BIBLE VERSE(S) FOR TODAY:
Psalm 126:3 “The Lord had done great things for us; we were joyful.”
REFLECTIONS ON TODAY’S BIBLE VERSE(S):
While our Verse for Today is written as a past reality, it was once a present reality. There was once a time in the Psalmist’s mind and experience that God was doing great things for him and his people and they were joyful.
Unfortunately, it seems that the Psalmist was living in the past as he wrote Psalm 126. God was so real in the past but not so much in the present. He had done great things in the past but not much was happening as he wrote this Psalm.
In fact, in the very next verse, the Psalmist calls his present condition a “desert” (Psalm 126:4). God was alive and well but the Psalmist just wasn’t experiencing God’s blessings or the corresponding joys.
Have you ever felt that way? I bet you have. I certainly have. God seems like a million miles away. We might remember some things He did for us long ago but it seems like a distant memory.
How can we get back into the experience of God’s blessings? Let me provide two points to ponder:
- Sometimes, we are not experiencing God’s presence and blessings because of our own sin. In those cases, we need to hop down onto our knees, confess our sin(s) to the Lord, despise them so much that we repent (turn our back on them), and receive God’s cleansing.
- Sometimes, God intentionally goes quiet for a period of time. It’s not necessarily because of sin on our part. He just allows us to experience the loneliness of the desert for awhile. He has His own purposes for doing this.