Coming to the end of the year, we too may look back, perhaps with regret over failures, or disappointed expectations, or unattained achievements. Sometimes we may feel like we're going around the same mountain again or stumbling through the wilderness or tire from our battles.
But we are not alone in all this. In the Bible, David has also walked the same journey. He has been disregarded by family, lost a best friend, backstabbed by someone he'd looked up to, abandoned, fearful, distessed, on the run...
Yet, David did not give up on himself and on God. On the contrary, he strengthens himself by remembering who God is and the awesome works which God has done. Let us keep on keeping on and remember God. He will fight for us and we will be at peace and remain at rest. (Ex 14:14)
Have His mercy and loving-kindness ceased forever? Have His promises ended for all time? Has God [deliberately] abandoned or forgotten His graciousness? Has He in anger shut up His compassion? Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]! And I say, This [apparent desertion of Israel by God] is my appointed lot and trial, but I will recall the years of the right hand of the Most High [in loving-kindness extended toward us], for this is my grief, that the right hand of the Most High changes. I will [earnestly] recall the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will [earnestly] remember the wonders [You performed for our fathers] of old. I will meditate also upon all Your works and consider all Your [mighty] deeds.Your way, O God, is in the sanctuary [in holiness, away from sin and guilt]. Who is a great God like our God? You are the God Who does wonders; You have demonstrated Your power among the peoples.
- Jo Voon