A psalm of Asaph. 1 O God, the nations have invaded your inheritance; they have defiled your holy temple, they have reduced Jerusalem to rubble. 2 They have left the dead bodies of your servants as food for the birds of the sky, the flesh of your own people for the animals of the wild. 3 They have poured out blood like water all around Jerusalem, and there is no one to bury the dead. 4 We are objects of contempt to our neighbors, of scorn and derision to those around us. 5 How long, Lord? Will you be angry forever? How long will your jealousy burn like fire? 6 Pour out your wrath on the nations that do not acknowledge you, on the kingdoms that do not call on your name; 7 for they have devoured Jacob and devastated his homeland. 8 Do not hold against us the sins of past generations; may your mercy come quickly to meet us, for we are in desperate need. 9 Help us, God our Savior, for the glory of your name; deliver us and forgive our sins for your name’s sake. 10 Why should the nations say, “Where is their God?” Before our eyes, make known among the nations that you avenge the out poured blood of your servants. 11 May the groans of the prisoners come before you; with your strong arm preserve those condemned to die. 12 Pay back into the laps of our neighbors seven times the contempt they have hurled at you, Lord. 13 Then we your people, the sheep of your pasture, will praise you forever; from generation to generation we will proclaim your praise.
This passage is talking about how the things that belong to God – the land, the Temple, the City and His servants – have been defiled and reduced to rubble by the enemy. The psalmist pleads to God – do something!
Even though this passage was written thousands of years ago, the enemy’s plan has not changed. He still seeks to kill, steal and destroy the things that belong to God – which includes you and me. We are not immune from it. In these hard times my prayers echo the psalmist: “Lord save me! How long will you wait before you do something Lord? Reveal your great power and act on my behalf.”
Through this passage I am reminded that when things aren’t going well and it seems the enemy is doing whatever he wants with my life, I have to be careful that my prayers or thoughts don’t echo what the unbelievers say: “where is God?” (V10). I need to remind myself that hardship, loss, even defilement, are not the measure of my life. Faith is. And even though I might not see any action from God, does not mean He doesn’t care or He has lost His power. I just need to keep believing and trusting in who He is.
Father, help me to keep looking to You and not to be shaken by my circumstances. I know that You are great – and that I belong to You!!!
Written by Gab Martin