A pillar to God’s unspeakable greatness

“Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!”

My pastor has mentioned frequently through the past few months the idea of remembering what God has done. And he has done so at times by speaking of the Israel tradition of erecting a pillar of remembrance for what God has done. The patriarchs did this. The Israelites did this. God has worked in a mighty way this week, and while I praise him with my lips, and declare his glory in person, I want to record here what great things the Lord has done for me.

“Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!”

My wife grew up in an abusive home. She was the oldest of six, and the two youngest girls were still in the home. They wanted to leave, but had years to wait till they turned 18. Since before we were married we discussed how we might get the girls out. We talked to Pastors, friends, and family. We looked for help, and found none. We prayed and doors were not open. The every day life in the house was abusive, but every few months something would go far worse. At these times we would again consider, talk, and pray.

“Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!”

Last Saturday things happened that once again caused us to want to pursue legal action. Sunday things got worse. And God began to work.

“Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!”

I got off the phone with social services at 12:30pm Monday afternoon. By 4:30pm there was a police officer and investigator at the house. This, I am told, is unheard of. Within another two hours the girls were removed and put into the custody of their older sister who was in the area. This too was worked by Providence as she had just moved to WI from Florida.

“Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!” Praise the Lord for his goodness and his kindness. He rescued the afflicted from the persecutors. He delivered them from their torment. The heathen raged, and were brutish; but our Savior did deliver the needy.

The situation was temporary until they could go before a judge. The judge would decide if the girls would go back, or if the process could continue. That happened Wednesday.  Churches, friends, and family prayed. People fasted before God beseeching Him for mercy towards the girls and that justice would be done. God answered and another vicotry was seen. For now they will stay with their sister through the coming court dates and meetings. Eventually my wife and I will try to go through the process of becoming their guardians. We still need prayer, but God has worked miraculously in these few days, and for this I will praise Him.

“Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!” The Lord heard from Heaven. He inclined His ear towards His people. He looked in mercy upon the broken-hearted, and stretched forth His hand in justice towards the wicked. Strength was given to those without that they might speak truly; the Lord confounded the wicked.

“Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!” The wicked harden their hearts, and turn from the Lord. They curse and refuse to repent. Therefore, the Lord has given them to their sin, to wallow in their misery. They have no joy. Bitterness and hatred dwells in their habitation.

But those that fear the Lord shall flourish. God has granted grace to his servants.

“Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.” “Behold now, thy servant hath found grace in thy sight, and thou hast magnified thy mercy.” O Lord we praise thee for thy mercy towards thy servants. We thank thee for thy bountiful goodness and wisdom. “The afflicted people thou wilt save, but thine eyes are upon the haughty, that thou mayest bring them down.” “Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!”

Psalm 107:8, 15, 21, 31; Psalm 103:1; Gen. 19:19; 2 Sam. 22:28

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