“Rise up; come to our help! Redeem us for the sake of your steadfast love!” (Psalm 44:26)
This verse is at the end of a psalm in which the writer feels that his people have been rejected for no good cause. The psalmist finds no good reason for God to have rejected and disgraced the people of Israel and his claim is that they are innocent of any wrongdoing.
From what we know of God and His dealings with mankind, especially the house of Israel, we find the claim of innocence difficult to accept. We understand that God rewards obedience and showers His love and mercy on those who keep His word. It is difficult to accept that these people were all so wonderful in their obedience to God and He, in turn, made them sheep for the slaughter.
It is true that God scattered them among the nations, that He sold them for nothing. What is not true is that this came upon them even though they were perfectly innocent. One look back at this people’s history with God makes their case fraudulent. God offered blessings and curses. They chose, not God. God gave them a land of promise, and they rejected Him and followed idols.
One thing is certain though. God is a redeemer and not because we deserve it. He is a redeemer because He is a great and steadfast lover. God so loved the world that He gave His only Son to save that world. In fact, God has come to our help. He has rescued us from our own trespasses and sins.
Task for Today: Don’t try this “I’m not guilty God, it’s your fault.” Won’t work. Instead, confess your sins today and then call for the redeemer. He will come; He has come. Give your life to Him, trust Him and live in his forgiving love.