Defeated? No! Victorious!

“Yet for Your sake we are killed all day long. We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.” Psalm 44:22

The Kingdom of Judah was under siege, undoubtedly because of its persistent idolatry. The psalmist remembers the glory of past generations and wails that God no longer goes out with the nation’s army.

I simply assume that anyone whose poetry was worthy of inclusion in the psalter must have been a godly man. When, in verse 20, he denies forgetting God or worshiping idols, I believe him. I don’t believe that he could speak for the nations a whole.The righteous must often suffer as a consequence of the sins of the unrighteous. It seems so unfair. The psalmist, feeling defeated and alone, went so far as to urge God to wake up and see the injustice.

Paul quoted this verse in Romans 8:36, and then immediately continued, “Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.” How so? Because when we suffer for God’s sake, we partake of the fellowship of Christ’s suffering.

Jesus suffered more than any other human can ever imagine and rose victorious from the grave. When we suffer with him and for him, our suffering becomes a battle scar, not a punishment for anything.

Isn’t that a marvel! We have all sinned and richly deserve punishment, but by God’s grace, we get instead the promise that we will partake in Christ’s final victory!

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