Posted by: Larry Hoekman | February 24, 2017

Psalms — Psalm 79 – Prayer for Israel

Day 2683: Life is hard – let go and let God . . .

Scripture:  O God, the nations have invaded Your inheritance; they have defiled Your holy temple; they have laid Jerusalem in ruins. We have become a reproach to our neighbors, a scoffing and derision to those around us. How long, O Lord? Will You be angry forever? Will Your jealousy burn like fire?

Pour out Your wrath upon the nations which do not know You, and upon the kingdoms which do not call upon Your name. For they have devoured Jacob and laid waste his habitation. Do not remember the iniquities of our forefathers against us; let Your compassion come quickly to meet us, for we are brought very low. Help us, O God of our salvation, for the glory of Your name; and deliver us and forgive our sins for Your name’s sake.

Return to our neighbors sevenfold into their bosom the reproach with which they have reproached You, O Lord. So we Your people and the sheep of Your pasture will give thanks to You forever; to all generations we will tell of Your praise.

Thoughts/questions: The Psalmist, Asaph, sought God on behalf of his nation. All readers of God2me should do likewise regardless of the nation in which they live. God did not accidentally place us in the country we reside – we were intentionally placed there for a reason!

We might not hold a public office of any kind, but we all can pray! Maybe not quite as vengeful as this prayer, but let us never forget to bring the needs of our respective countries before the Lord Almighty!

Suggested prayer: Dear Lord, help me to always pray for my country and its leaders . . .

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