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Christianity is an historic faith, as is Judaism. In our Psalm this week the Psalmist reminds us of the historic roots of trust in God. In times past God has shown favor to his people. He has restored their fortunes, taken away guilg and sin, and turned away from his righteous anger. Will this happen again? When we look around and see God’s frown rather than his smile,can we actually hope for any good?
This is a historical faith. People’s sins, foolish ways (v. 8), their disobedience, all call for God’s anger. He has always insisted on perfection. That’s why sin is such a big deal. But how has the Lord dealt with sin and guilt? He awakens his people to him, or, rather, he gives his people life again (v. 6) so they can look to him. He shows his faithful love and truth (v. 10). He provides for his people. What’s our right response? Thanks, praise, love, and obedience. Work it in us, Lord.
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