Psalm 44 serves as a reminder that the Church will face tribulations. We know that God is good and faithful, and we have heard the stories of how he has shown up and won impossible battles on behalf of his people. Yet, as we live as his followers in a broken world, we will still suffer.
In his commentary on Psalm 44, Matthew Henry said, “…we must attribute it purely to the Spirit of prophecy, and must conclude that the Spirit had in view…the afflicted state of the Christian church in its early days and indeed in all its days on earth, for it is its determined lot that [the Church] must enter into the kingdom of heaven through many tribulations.”
Even throughout the New Testament we are told numerous times that life as a follower of Christ will not be easy. Peter tells us, “Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed…Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in that name…Therefore let those who suffer according to God’s will entrust their souls to a faithful Creator while doing good” (1 Peter 4).
There is hope.
Although we will face tribulations, being a Christian is not all doom and gloom. As followers of Christ who have been redeemed by the grace of God and Christ’s crucifixion and resurrection, we are made new. We can now have unfettered communion with God as daughters of the one true king. So take heart and face the battles ahead knowing you are on the winning side.
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