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“The Lord Has Done Great Things . . . “


When the Lord brought back the captive ones of Zion,
We were like those who dream.
Then our mouth was filled with laughter,

And our tongue with joyful shouting;
Then they said among the nations, “The Lord has done great things for them.”
The Lord has done great things for us;
We are glad!
Psalm 126:1-3


Greetings in the Name of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

I’m sure you know people who are constantly complaining and  finding fault with everything.  Always looking on the dark side  of situations, they are continually finding their cup half empty  instead of half full. Never able to find the good in a situation they turn to criticism and condemnation. Their philosophy of  life is: “If I always expect the worst possible outcome, then I will never be disappointed!” Do you know someone like this? If you are honest with yourself, the answer has to be a resounding “Yes!” And guess what!  This is not a past time reserved only for the world.

Some Christians (maybe even more than we would like to admit) are inclined to dwell incessantly upon what they have gone through and the difficulties of what they are experiencing now rather than upon what God has graciously done for them in the past. When you ask for their Christian journey, they are likely to describe their continual conflicts, their awful afflictions, their sad sufferings, their disillusionment an devastating disappointments. And they do all this with hardly any reference at all to God’s overwhelming mercy, love, grace and peace that has led them along the way.

The Psalm referenced above is one of the “Songs of Ascents” in which the community of believers reflects with thanksgiving about God’s beneficent acts in  the  past  while  praying for his continued goodness in the present and future. Israel and Judah had suffered much at the hand of their foreign oppressors. Jerusalem, God’s Holy City, the City of Peace, had been destroyed. His people had been deported to foreign lands. And now some had returned. Did they dwell upon the dark side of their captivity? Did they complain about what God had not done for them? Did they complain about how the city had not been rebuilt? Did they find their cup half empty rather than
half full?

As the Apostle Paul is fond of saying, “May it never be!” Rather their mouths were filled with laughter and their tongues with songs of joy as they proclaimed, “The Lord has done great things for us.” Their cup overflowed with God’s goodness and mercy.

It is true that we endure trials, but it is just as true that in God’s appointed time we are delivered out of them. It is true that we are sinful and corrupt, but it is also true that we have an all-sufficient Savior, who overcomes these corruptions and delivers us from the bondage of sin as we come to Him in faith and repentance.

How would you describe your Christian journey? In looking back, it would be wrong to deny that we have been as Pilgrim in John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress finding ourselves in the Slough of Despond. We’ve all been there. It would be wrong to deny that we have crept along the Valley of Humiliation. We’ve been there too! It would be equally wrong to forget that we have been through them safely and securely. We have not remained in them, thanks to our Almighty Helper and Leader, who has faithfully brought us into a land flowing with milk and honey.

The deeper your troubles, the louder your thanks to God ought to be. He has led you through all situations. He has protected you through them. He will preserve you now and tomorrow. He promises that He will go ahead of you; He will be with you; He will not fail you; He will not forsake you. So, do not fear or be dismayed (Deut. 31 :8).

It only takes one voice singing out of tune to disrupt the entire choir. Our disappointments and griefs too often become discordant themes in our song of life disrupting the melody of our praise. Let’s rather allow them to be harmonious chords in the bass part of our life’s song as we continually sing in harmony with one another,

“The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy!”

Blessings and Peace to You all,

Pastor Mark