We all want our children to win, don’t we? Whether it’s soccer, basketball, football, or mini-league, we want them to win. That’s why we sometimes get demented on the sidelines. But sometimes, despite our best efforts on the bleachers, they lose—not a good feeling for them or us. We do the post-mortem on the way home and try to find someone to blame—usually the referees—or a lesson to learn.
Psalm 44 is a post-mortem after a serious loss for the church. If Psalm 43 was “We Win!”, Psalm 44 is “We Lost!” It’s a painful time for the defeated church as the pathologist performs an autopsy to learn from the loss. Here’s what he comes up with: Learning from losing turns losing into winning.