Date: Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Devotional Type: DCLM Daily Manna

Preacher:  Pastor Kumuyi

Topic: Cry of the Prodigal Son

Text: Psalm 74:1-23

1.O God, why hast thou cast us off for ever? why doth thine anger smoke against the sheep of thy pasture?

2. Remember thy congregation, which thou hast purchased of old; the rod of thine inheritance, which thou hast redeemed; this mount Zion, wherein thou hast dwelt.

3. Lift up thy feet unto the perpetual desolations; even all that the enemy hath done wickedly in the sanctuary.

4. Thine enemies roar in the midst of thy congregations; they set up their ensigns for signs.

5. A man was famous according as he had lifted up axes upon the thick trees.

6. But now they break down the carved work thereof at once with axes and hammers.

7. They have cast fire into thy sanctuary, they have defiled by casting down the dwelling place of thy name to the ground.

8. They said in their hearts, Let us destroy them together: they have burned up all the synagogues of God in the land.

9. We see not our signs: there is no more any prophet: neither is there among us any that knoweth how long.

10. O God, how long shall the adversary reproach? shall the enemy blaspheme thy name for ever?

11. Why withdrawest thou thy hand, even thy right hand? pluck it out of thy bosom.

12. For God is my King of old, working salvation in the midst of the earth.

13. Thou didst divide the sea by thy strength: thou brakest the heads of the dragons in the waters.

14. Thou brakest the heads of leviathan in pieces, and gavest him to be meat to the people inhabiting the wilderness.

15. Thou didst cleave the fountain and the flood: thou driedst up mighty rivers.

16. The day is thine, the night also is thine: thou hast prepared the light and the sun.

17. Thou hast set all the borders of the earth: thou hast made summer and winter.

18. Remember this, that the enemy hath reproached, O Lord , and that the foolish people have blasphemed thy name.

19. O deliver not the soul of thy turtledove unto the multitude of the wicked: forget not the congregation of thy poor for ever.

20. Have respect unto the covenant: for the dark places of the earth are full of the habitations of cruelty.

21. O let not the oppressed return ashamed: let the poor and needy praise thy name.

22. Arise, O God, plead thine own cause: remember how the foolish man reproacheth thee daily.

23. Forget not the voice of thine enemies: the tumult of those that rise up against thee increaseth continually.

Psalms 74:1‭-‬23 KJV

Key Verse: “We see not our signs: there is no more any prophet: neither is there among us any that knoweth how long.” (Psalm 74:9).

This Asaphite dirge is the typical lamentation of one who has abandoned his God and after suffering torment at the hands of his satanic master, seeks to return home to the Lord. The point here is that, it was not God that stayed away from His people but the wayward lifestyle of His people that kept them away from Him, exposing them to harm.

The psalmist acknowledges the sacking of Jerusalem, the defeat of Israel’s army, the attempt to annihilate any trace of God and reminds the Lord that the children of Israel are still His people. After recalling the tragic aftermath of the enemy’s invasion, the writer goes on to remember the great accomplishments of the Almighty in the past. God had delivered them from centuries of Egyptian bondage; won countless battles for them; conquered nature on their behalf and had given them prophets and priests to guide them. He had served as their King and above all, He was the supreme Lord (verse 16,17).

Just as the prodigal son never had true happiness when he left his father’s presence, all those who forsake the Lord always experience disappointment and grief, because it is only in the presence of God that we can find enduring joy. The world is going through difficult times because it has forsaken the laws of God and has embraced the ways and laws of the devil. Jesus taught that the prodigal son’s suffering ended upon his return to the father’s abode where he was received and restored.

God is expecting you, as a prodigal son or daughter, to return to Him now. He will heartily welcome you if you repent, confess your sins and ask for cleansing and promise to abide in Christ till the end. His promise to you is, “I will heal [your] backsliding, I will love [you] freely: for mine anger is turned away from [you]” (Hosea 14:4)

Thought For The Day: God is ready to hear the cry of the contrite sinner.

Bible Reading in one Year: Genesis 12-15