A Season of Psalms - Psalm 74:4, 7, 10-12
Psalm 74:4, 7, 10-12
“Your foes have roared in the midst of your meeting place; they set up their own signs for signs…They set your sanctuary on fire; they profaned the dwelling place of your name, bringing it down to the ground…How long, O God, is the foe to scoff? Is the enemy to revile your name forever? Why do you hold back your hand, your right hand? Take it from the fold of your garment and destroy them! Yet God my King is from of old, working salvation in the midst of the earth.”
English Standard Version (ESV)
Have you ever been sick and tired of being “sick and tired?” Most of us get sick and tired of circumstances or people who continually disappoint us. Asaph was sick and tired of seeing the wicked prosper, as he wrote in Psalm 73, to the point of becoming envious of their good fortune. Psalm 74 is a companion to that psalm: the wicked are again prospering and having their way, this time with the Lord’s temple, and Asaph looks heavenward and cries out, “How long, O God, is the foe to scoff? Will the enemy revile you forever? Why do you hold back your hand?”
What should we do when the wicked plot evil schemes and revile the Lord’s great name? We pray! Asaph was zealous for the honor of the Lord’s name, which the wicked attempted to smear by profaning the temple and leveling it to the ground. It’s human nature to question why God withholds his hand when there is such evil prevalent in the world, but we remember as Asaph did, that the Lord is mighty to save and will act in His great power. After all, the God who divided the sea, crushed the heads of Leviathan, split open springs and brooks, and affixed the boundaries of the earth will intervene at His pleasure in the course of human events to show Himself powerful. In the fullness of time, He sent His Son into the world not to condemn it, but to save it. We can wonder, “Where is God in all of this?” when the wicked prosper and the righteous suffer. But because we know the longsuffering of God and that victory ultimately is His, we can say with confident assurance: “God is on His throne!”
Alfred Lord Tennyson: “More things are wrought by prayer than this world dreams of.” Do you believe it? Let’s humble ourselves before Him and seek His face. He has done great things, and the best is yet to come!
Further Reading: 2 Peter 3; Nahum 1:1-11
Pray with me:
Father, in this evil world…we may not know what to do, but our eyes are on You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.