A Season of Psalms - Psalm 60:1, 10, 12
Psalm 60:1, 10, 12
“O God, you have rejected us, broken our defenses; you have been angry; oh, restore us…You do not go forth, O God, with our armies…With God we shall do valiantly; it is he who will tread down our foes.”
English Standard Version (ESV)
Rejection never feels good. Walt Disney was rejected, fired by a newspaper editor in 1919 because he “lacked imagination and had no good ideas.” Harland David Sanders, better known as KFC’s Colonel, had his chicken recipe rejected approximately 1,009 times before a restaurant finally took a chance on it. Sir Isaac Newton left school to run the family farm, at which he failed miserably, before an uncle sent him to Cambridge where he finally blossomed into the scholar we know today.
Rejection was commonplace in the history of Israel and Judah. They rejected God and turned to idols, so God rejected them, handing them over to pagan nations for discipline. When Israel went out to war, their armies were often not successful because God was not in their midst, as Psalm 60 relates. Hear the plaintive cry in verse 1-3: “you have rejected us…you have made the land to quake; you have torn it open...You have made your people see hard things…that make us stagger.” You can sense the anguish of the psalmist, but look in verse 4: within this calamity, there is hope, a banner for those who fear the Lord, “that they may flee to it from the bow.” God will not reject His people forever, but will provide deliverance and hope for those who will diligently seek Him.
This much we know: we always do better with God than without Him. He wants us to know that He will never reject us. God’s great desire is to heal His people from past hurts and the pain of rejection. He gave us His Son to save us and heal us from the hurts that have scarred our hearts and wounded us deeply. In Christ, we have acceptance. In Christ, we have healing and unconditional love. There’s no better place to be than “in Christ!”
Further Reading: Isaiah 53; Matthew 11:25-30
Pray with me:
Lord Jesus, our souls are restless until they find rest in You. Heal our hurts and draw us close to You, never letting go. We cling to You, for in You we have abundant life. In Jesus’ name, Amen.