Posted: July 7,2008
Psalm 44 is a Psalm of instruction addressed to the
Sons of Korah, the Minister of public music. It is apparent that it has
been written by a national leader during a time of desperation. There
is much for the USA to learn from David when in desperate times. We
have looked at, “What They Heard About Them”, a study of Israel’s
We turn our attention now to verses
9-16 where we find “What They Know About Now” which is a study of
Israel’s ‘helplessness’. I will not quote our text but have your
Bible opened to this text as we study it together.
In verses 9-11 we are confronted with
the ‘Helplessness Of Withdrawal’. In verse 9 He casts off the
nation, puts them to shame, and leaves them to go to battle alone.
It will be no less of a shame for the
church for Him to withdraw His presence and write ‘Ichabod’
across our doors. (The glory of God has departed) Oh how this could
have already been written over some of our churches, families, and
nations as a whole and we know it not. In verse 10 we are told our
enemies will bring us to humiliation and shame. There is no humiliation
or sorrow that will equal the withdrawal of God’s presence. Verse 11
tells us that He gave the sheep as meat for the slaughter and to be
scattered among the heathen. When I think of Hitler’s destruction of
the Jews by the millions during the Holocaust, I wonder what God has in
store for our nation.
We see in verse 12 the ‘Helplessness
Of Wrath’. Our God sells His people for naught and those that buy
them gain nothing. Oh how it must sadden our Lord to see His people
sold and engulfed in this world of vanity.
In verses 13-14 we see the ‘Helplessness
Of Will’. These verses begin with the awaking phrase “Thou
makest…” and verse 12 says ‘Thou sellest…” God is the one who
has ordained His people to be a reproach, shame and a by word for the
world to shake their head in disgust at us. “All this is scribed to
the Lord as being allowed by Him and even by His decree. It is well to
trace the hand of God in our sorrows for it us surely there.”
(Spurgeon) Let me remind us, God has no permissive will versus perfect
will. He has no plan ‘B’. He has but one counsel of His will
and worketh all things accordingly. I don’t know about you but I like
it that way.
In verses 15-16 we find the ‘Helplessness
Of Witness’. God’s withdrawal has a witness of ‘confusion’
and ‘shame’ in verse 15. The word ‘confusion’ means a
wound of disgrace and reproach. The word ‘shame’ means to blush
or hide the face. I tell you that when God withdraws from an
individual, family, couple, church, or nation there will be a witness
from the God of heaven from which we will find no pleasure.
In verse 16 there is a ‘Witness Of
Humiliation’. God has brought them to a place of being mocked and
made fun of by those who in times past had held them in the highest
regard. Let this be a warning to us who may look over sin in our lives,
God has a way of pulling the covers off and revealing for all to see
what we really are. This sure seems like a helpless state. It is
helpless but it is by no means hopeless for the Lord who brought all
this evil upon them could just as easily lift them from it if they but
only turn and look alone to our God.