Cast down and rejected but not removed from God’s steadfast love and faithfulness – God’s promise to David’s line. “He shall cry to me, ‘You are my Father, my God, and the Rock of my salvation!’ I will make him the firstborn, the highest of the kings of the earth. Forever I will keep my steadfast love for him, and my covenant with him will stand firm. I will establish his line forever, and his throne as long as the heavens endure.”
Recap of Gods history with Jacob and his children and God’s actions against Israel for their complaints and rejection of Him and His Word. “In spite of all this they still sinned; they did not believe in his wonders. So he made their days vanish like a breath, and their years in terror.”
Jesus didn’t ask God to take believers out of the world but instead to use them in the world. Because Jesus sends us into the world, we should not try to escape from the world, nor should we avoid all relationships with non-Christians. We are called to be salt and light (Matthew 5:13-16), and we are to do the work that God sent us to do. A follower of Christ becomes set apart through believing and obeying the Word of God.
God has not rejected prayer or removed His everlasting love from us. “Come and see what God has done: He is awesome in His deeds among mortals.”
True joy transcends the rolling waves of circumstance. Joy comes from a consistent relationship with Jesus Christ. Jesus is the vine, and God is the gardener who cares for the branches to make them fruitful. The branches are all those who claim to be followers of Christ. The fruitful branches are true believers who by their living union with Christ produce much fruit.
No one does good; God rejects those who come against His people. “When God restores the fortunes of his people, Jacob will rejoice; Israel will be glad.”
Prayer for vindication and salvation while feeling hopeless and rejected. “Vindicate me, O God, and defend my cause against an ungodly people; from those who are deceitful and unjust deliver me!”
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