Weekly Devotional

Devotional: W.G. Mullan

No. 436

ARISE FOR OUR HELP  -  Psalm 44:26

This psalm is the earnest prayer of the man sorely perplexed for his nation.  This contemplation of “the sons of Korah” begins with the thanksgiving for great victories which God had given in the past.  “Our fathers have told us what deeds You did in their days, in days of old,” v.1.  Their possessions were gained not “by their own sword” but it was “Your Arm and the Light of Your Countenance, because You favoured them.” 

The first quarter was composed surely to encourage the nation to remember God’s faithfulness and mighty power so that their worship would be, “in God we boast all day long and praise Your Name forever.”  Selah!

His ‘Selah’ (pause and calmly think of that) would still remain in their minds even as the psalmist turns and records the groans of the nation which have drowned their thanksgivings.  The record repeats what must have developed in tents and dwellings and in the tent of meeting.  Blessings and deliverances in the past cannot now erase the sorrows into which the favoured nation has fallen.

The psalmist expresses the heartaches and questionings which the people at that time were voicing both in their hearts and voices.  How has it all come about?  The verses contain professions of faithfulness and the, “Yet for Your  sake we are killed all  the day long;  we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter,” v.22.  The plaintiff song concludes with a double appeal to God, v.26,”Arise - - redeem us.”

There are those in our day who have felt the weight and pressure of godless influence, of situations of evil developing and causing them to feel that God was no longer near them. The deep assurance once witnessed in song has gone and they feel they could sing some of those last 18 verses with the psalmist.

The apostle Paul describes the trials that some saints are experiencing, Romans 8:36, “As it is written - - .  He takes the numerous trials and portrays their influence which the enemy can exert.  But he, in the inspiration of the Holy Spirit declares, “In all these things we are more than conquerors through Him Who loved us,” v.37.

The cry of centuries past and the same cry to-day have already been answered.  He “rose” from Glory’s Throne, descended to Calvary’s shame, rose from the tomb to sit at His Father’s Right Hand and now ministers Redeeming Deliverance to every distressed saint who calls upon Him in faith.

In answering the psalmist’s cry, the Holy Spirit  declares through Paul, for all saints who are distressed, that nothing, “shall be able to separate us from the Love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord,” Romans 8:39.

Dear reader, are you embraced by that Love?


William G. Mullan



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