Monday, April 11, 2016

Not Forgotten, Never Forsaken

Psalm 9:10 - Those who know your name trust in you,
    for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.

 Things to think about: 
  * I was really struck by the second part of the verse - ...You, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek You
  * we have talked previously about God sometimes uses qualifiers on His promises.
    - what is the qualifier here?
  * Jesus said He would never leave us or forsake us.  Hebrews 13:5 reiterates this. Apparently, we need to be reminded that we're not going to be forgotten about!
      - Do you have to remind your wife and kids that you're not going to forsake them? What then is it in our makeup that needs this reassurance?
      - could it be that life is really hard and sometimes we just need to know He hasn't forgotten? (My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?)
 * I got to thinking about Christian brothers and sisters in 3rd world countries who haven't eaten today and was wondering how this verse would resonate with them?  What do you think?
     - since God doesn't seem to be in the manna delivery business anymore, and 5 Loaves and Fishes has been shuttered, where do we fit into being the Lord's hands and feet in making sure others aren't forsaken?
     - what other folks can you think of who might be feeling forsaken (or at least need to be comforted by a gentle reminder like this verse?)
     - how can we make sure they know God hasn't forsaken them?
 * The first part of the verse says that those who "know" Him trust in Him
     - what does it mean to "know" God?

 Well, we'll end on that Theology Lite question :-)

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