This post is Day 22 in a series of studies about “The Fig Tree”. I strongly suggest you begin with the introduction to this study, please click here to read it.
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The Fig Tree – Day 22
The Jews still sing the psalms and remember what God has done for their people in the past. There are many Jewish festivals when they read the scriptures and rejoice with their extended families about present and past victories. Tell someone of the good things He has done for you.
He gave them hail and lightning instead of rain throughout their land. He struck their grapevines and fig trees and smashed the trees in their territory. He spoke, and countless locusts and grasshoppers came.
This psalm like many others is reminiscent of what happened in the past. The Jews today still sing the psalms and remember. The way they often remember is by telling each other what God has done for their people in the past. There are many Jewish festivals when they read the scriptures and rejoice with their extended families about present and past victories.
The first verse of this psalm is a call to do just that: “Give thanks to the Lord. Call on him. Make known among the nations what he has done.” A good thing for all of us to do.
Does your church give opportunity for people to come and tell their stories of what God has done for them? Sharing a testimony encourages those who give it as well as those who listen. Do you as a person have someone you share your enthusiasm with when The Lord has done something great for you?
This psalm begins and ends with praise for a God who sees and who keeps His word. But in the middle there are sad verses like the one above telling of His punishment for disobedience. We need to remember those times too. Do you think the problems all over the world right now (covid, abortion, homosexual marriage) have contributed to the state we are in?
Praise God that He is slow to anger and quick to forgive (Exodus 34:6).
Tell someone today of the good things He has done for you.
Look at what is happening in the world today and pray for the Lord’s mercy, and for His people to be put in places of responsibility.