We are continuing our series of reflections on the Psalms. Each day we will upload a new reflection to the website. We hope and pray that you will find them helpful and that they bring hope during this season. Click on these buttons to read the text of the psalm or listen to a recording of it. You can also listen to the reflection using the audio player below.
So it seems God has kept his word and rejected David’s son who has offended. God has removed the covenant he had made with him and now people are suffering. Although God would not destroy the covenant he had made with his people, he said he would not tolerate wrong-doing on the part of different individuals. So David’s son, who had broken God’s law, was punished – his reputation was ruined, he didn’t get God’s protection in battle, he became an old man prematurely – basically God turned away from him.
It seems God reacted very vigorously to the sin committed and over a long period of time. It appears there is some knowledge of God’s reaction to sin and his zero tolerance of such wrongdoing. “Will this go on for ever?” the psalmist asks. Had he hoped for some sort of quick fix from God? Ethan prays to God – appeals to God to show His love again before life’s end. The writer appeals to God to remember the love he had for David, (where is your earlier great love?) He wants God to remember what he had vowed to David and his descendants and therefore restore his relationship with David’s son.
How important it is to maintain our relationship with our heavenly Father. His all-forgiving love through Jesus enables us to have that fellowship with him. He has vowed never to leave us or forsake us but we must maintain our side of the relationship by seeking God and repenting when we go wrong.
Father God, thank you that through your Son Jesus, you have shown your all-forgiving love for us.