Daily Bible Reading Reflections

Do You Have a “Yet”?

Today’s Bible reading is Psalm 74. It seems to have been written post-disaster, possibly after the Babylonian destruction of Jerusalem. Notice just a sample of the described devastation:

Perpetual ruins. Everything in the sanctuary, destroyed. The dwelling place of God’s name, profaned. Scoffing enemies. Foolish revilers. Violence filling the land.

Understandably, the author of Psalm 74 is full of questions. Why? How long? Will this last forever?

“Yet.”

It’s the first word in Psalm 74:12, and what a precious word it is–a glimmer of light in the dark.

Yet God my King is from of old,
working salvation in the midst of the earth. (Psa 74:12)

“Yet” is the psalmist’s anchor–deeper than the despair, stronger than the storm. God is. God is my King. God is working. My King is a God of salvation.

Live long enough and tough times will come. In your case and my case, it’s not going to be ruined walls and a devastated temple. Maybe it’s cancer. The loss of a job. A house fire. The betrayal of a close friend. Divorce. The death of a child.

When the toughest of times come, do you have a “yet”? A light in the darkness? An anchor that is deeper than the despair and stronger than any storm? If not, isn’t Psalm 74:12 a good place to start?

Yet God my King is from of old,
working salvation in the midst of the earth.

God is. God is my King. God is working. My King is a God of salvation.

You can’t put a price tag on that “yet.”

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