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This particular psalm is classified as a royal psalm. It is a psalm offered by the king on behalf of the nation. There is an unspoken difficulty that the nation is encountering and the king offers this psalm as a means of both appealing to God and reminding the people of their faith.
Trouble may be the current state but the Lord answers in the day of trouble. God does not abandon us when trouble comes our way. God does not ignore the trouble that threatens us. God will show up for us in the day of trouble.
To remind the people of this truth, the psalmist makes reference to the patriarch Jacob. Of all the patriarchs the psalmist could have mentioned, he mentions the one known for his deception. He mentions the one who has to flee from home with nothing. He mentions the one who is a victim of deception. He mentions the one who is concerned about his brothers pledge to take out his vengeance on him if he gets the chance.
If there was ever a person who needed protection it was Jacob. God protected Jacob, provided for Jacob and blessed Jacob in the midst of his trouble. The same God that protected Jacob would protect Israel.
The psalm goes on to indicate how God will protect in the day of trouble.
He will send help from the sanctuary. God’s help is connected to the people’s worship of God. The help that comes from the sanctuary demonstrates what worship can make possible. When we worship God, we acknowledge our trust of him and our willingness to follow in the ways he leads.
God will give support from Zion.
Zion is an elevated place and the support that God will provide comes from above. God will remember all offerings and sacrifices. What has been offered prior to the moment of trouble will not be forgotten when trouble arises. Finally, God knows what you desire and is able to fulfill all your plans. We may make plans but we are dependent upon the help of God to see them come to past.
Our nation is clearly in a time of trouble and we need God to answer us in this moment. As the pandemic rages, Afghanistan collapses and the political divide grows wider, the church cannot be concerned about only individual needs. We need a sense of community that seeks God’s guidance for all of us.
Now is the time for us to look beyond our own affairs and to see how God might use us in this moment to be a part of the answer that comes when the church is salt and light. Our world needs both.