I’ve fallen – and I want back up!

Walk in Wisdom – Gleanings from Scripture
despair.jpgToday’s Readings: Mark 13:1-13; 2 Cor. 11:1-15; Ps. 106:1-23; 1 Sam. 26-28

While Ps. 106 is divided up for 2-day’s reading, I think it would be profitable to survey it as a whole.

As you read it, mark out the 8 examples the Writer offers to demonstrate
Israel’s failures.
1/7-12 “Our fathers, when they were in Egypt, did not consider your wondrous
2/13-15 – “But soon they forgot His works…”
3/16-18 – “When men in the camp were jealous of Moses…”
4/19-23 – “They made a calf in Horeb…”
5/24-27 – “They despised (thought lightly of) the pleasant land…”
6/28-31 – “They yoked themselves to the Baal of Peor…”
7/32-33 – “They angered Him at the waters of Meribah…”
8/34-43 – “They did not destroy the peoples as the Lord commanded them…”

And what is said about how God met these repeated failures, rebellions and
sins? “Nevertheless, He looked upon their distress, when He heard their cry.”

Now let me speak to your weary, fallen saint – do you know this is your God?
Do you know how steadfast and sure His love and thus His promises and
covenants are? Do you know today that though you may have fallen ever so
wickedly, your God does not leave you nor forsake you, even unto the end of
the world? Are you living in the truth of His steadfast love, or looking to your
own failed love? Look to Him! Look to Him! Lift you eyes up on high today,
up from the muck and the mire and the place of failure and disgrace. Look
again to the Cross of Calvary and see Him wounded there. See His blood
spilled out for you – for your sins. As this Psalm begins – “Praise the Lord! Oh
give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, for His steadfast love endures
forever!” “The righteous falls seven times” Prov. 24:16 reads, “AND RISES
AGAIN.” And in our text today, that seven is even extended to eight. Love
keeps no account of wrongs. It bears, believes, hopes and endures. And if WE
are called to such love, is it not because this is the nature of God’s love for us?
Dear one, are you in distress this very day over your own wretched and
miserable failures before Him? “Nevertheless, He looked upon their distress,
when He heard their cry.”

So will He for you this very hour.


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