This psalm continues to describe the faithfulness of God, in this blog we will look at Verses 13-35. It is so important to have an unshakeable trust in the goodness of God and to remember that He has given us the Old Testament to demonstrate how He protects His people. Verse 14 says “He permitted no one to do them wrong; yes, He reproved kings for their sakes”. When you read their story as recorded in the book of Genesis you see some of the histories of Jacob and his family but there was no specific mention of their protection. However, The psalmist under the anointing of the Holy Spirit declares that God protected them from kings who had the power to destroy them. I believe over the years I and my family have been protected by the Lord, in all my years of driving I have never experienced a serious accident that could have caused serious injuries to me and my family. This blessing we take for granted, also, there are so many other things that we have been protected from that we are not aware of them. However, it should not stop us from being thankful for God’s goodness in our lives. This is why a close relationship is so essential because then we are constantly aware of Him so we keep on thanking Him for being in our lives. In Verses 16-22 we see the story of the famine in Egypt and from God’s perspective, He declares the famine was His plan and Joseph was part of that plan. When we read the account in Genesis of how Joseph was mistreated by his brothers and sold as a slave in Egypt, sent to prison for being righteous.  All this discomfort was part of God’s plan that Jacob and his family would not only survive but be better off. This is such a challenge to me, at times I am tempted to complain about my circumstances. However, the psalmist teaches me that God has a good plan for my life and will go to extreme measures to have that plan fulfilled. It is so interesting to see the hand of God in Jacob and his family’s life. When they came to Egypt they were given the best land to live in, so when the famine was over they increased in a significant way. Verse 24 says: “And He (that is God) increased His people greatly, and made them stronger than their enemies”. It is so interesting to note that about 70 people went to Egypt and about 2 million people left Egypt to go to the promised land. I am reminded of what Joseph said to his brothers after the death of his father Jacob found in Genesis 50:20 But as for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, in order to bring about as it is this day, to save many people alive”. God had a plan for His people in those times and was faithful to bring His plan to come to pass. It is so encouraging to follow the story of the children of Israel and see how God blessed them despite their weaknesses. This encourages me to be aware that God is faithful  God and although at times we experience situations that we do not understand. There is one unshakeable fact that never changes and that is God is a Faithful God!

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