On this Lord’s Day the Psalm set down is 79.
The writer, Asaph has four concerns:
God’s inheritance. The temple was defiled, the city destroyed, and the people slain. God permitted these things to happen to His inheritance. But God would rather destroy His inheritance than allow His people to sin and rebel. Another reminder of how seriously God takes sin.
God’s name. What will the heathen nations say about Israel and Israel’s God? The corpses and ruins bore witness to something that the world needs to know: God is holy and does not tolerate disobedience. Asaph confessed the sins of the nation and asked God to honour His name before the nations (vs. 8-10,13).
God’s wrath. Asaph asserted, “Pour out Your wrath” (v.6) “Avenge our blood” (v.10). Years later, that prayer was answered, and God punished Babylon for the way she treated Israel.
God’s people. They are “Your servants” and “Your saints” (v.2), “the sheep of Your pasture” (v.13). Care for them, Lord. Deliver them. God did care for them, but He also chastened them so that they might learn to obey His will.
When we want God to be harder on others than He is on us, it is time to start seeing your sins the way God sees them. We often have a blind spot at that point.
Have a great Lord’s day,