The many suffering for the sake of the one: Psalm 44

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whirlingmerc

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The many suffering for the sake of the one: Psalm 44
dedicated to the suffering Christians around the world

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The Sons of Korah bring in book 2 of the Psalms with laments.
As the deer pants, so do we, for you
Our enemies taunt us, but hope in God we will yet praise you'
We may feel crushed and depressed, but hope in God we will yet praise you'
and Psalm 44 the darkest song of the son's of Korah in book 2.

O God, we have heard with our ears,
our fathers have told us,
what deeds you performed in their days,
in the days of old:

Your hand, not ours defeated the enemy
Your smile, brought our victory
You ordained our success

And so I brag on you.
Not my smartness
Not my strength
In your name we tread down our foes.
You are my king.

You defeated the enemies in the past, not now
You saved us in the past, not now.
You ordained victory for us then, not now.

In God we have boasted continually,
and we will give thanks to your name forever. Selah

We have been as if rejected, disgraced, shamed
Your face once had a smile that brought us success, now hidden

You have made us like sheep for slaughter
and have scattered us among the nations.
You have sold your people for next to nothing

A taunt, a byword, a shame, a disgrace

All this has come upon us,
though we have not forgotten you,
and we have not been false to your covenant.
Our heart has not turned back,
nor have our steps departed from your way


If we had forgotten the name of our God
or spread out our hands to a foreign god,
would not God discover this?
For he knows the secrets of the heart.

Men might say in another time and place that all the problems of those men's lands happened because they forgot God
But we didn't forget you
We didn't walk away
Not using our feet
Not using our hearts

Yet for your sake we are killed all the day long;
we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.
so says Psalm 44 twice
so echoes Romans

You who does not slumber or sleep, wake up.
You who does not forget, don’t forget us.

Help us
For the sake of your loyal loving-kindness
For the sake of your love!
For your mercy’s sake!
For your sake
Deliver us.

The many have suffered for the sake of the one
The one has suffered for the sake of the many

And so the two darkest songs of the Sons of Korah have been sung

The many have suffered for the sake of the one, Psalm 44
An early song of Book 2
A song of the redeemed on earth
The ones who suffer for your names sake

The one has suffered for the sake of the many, Psalm 88
The second to the last song in book 3
A song of the Messiah
The one who suffered for our sake

Laments usher in book 2
The books open
The priestly Psalms, Book 2 and 3 have been brought in with
A longing, a hunger and panting after you
Then a song of suffering, yet a rejoicing in hope of deed done in the past opens the levitical priestly Psalms
A suffering of the many for sake of His name in Psalm 44
A prayer of deliverance for the sake of His name.

A set of brackets grand and fitting for the Psalms corresponding to Exodus: ruin and redemption and Levitus: sanctuary
The ultimate living sacrifice opens
Rich praise from the Sons of Korah
Seven songs of praise from the sons of Korah
Asaph and David join in
The last praise of the ons of Korah is allegro-sonata short
Glorious things of thee are spoken
and a coda of laments
deep and dark.
Bleakest in all the Psalms
The ultimate dying sacrifice closes

The books close
A suffering more bleak
A suffering with no upturn of hope or trust
A more dark suffering
A suffering of the one for the many in Psalm 88
And the praise waits till the resurrection in Psalm 89
Laments usher out book 3

A fitting start to the songs of the levitical priests
A fitting end of the songs of the levitical priests
 
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whirlingmerc

Puritan Board Sophomore
Romans 8: 31-38
31What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can bei against us? 32He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? 33Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. 34Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.j 35Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? 36As it is written,

“For your sake we are being killed all the day long;
we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.”

37No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
 

hammondjones

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Revelation 6:11
Then they were each given a white robe and told to rest a little longer, until the number of their fellow servants and their brothers should be complete, who were to be killed as they themselves had been.
 
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