1 O God, why hast thou cast us off for ever? why doth thine anger smoke against the sheep of thy pasture?
2 Remember thy congregation, which thou hast purchased of old; the rod of thine inheritance, which thou hast redeemed; this mount Zion, wherein thou hast dwelt.
3 Lift up thy feet unto the perpetual desolations; even all that the enemy hath done wickedly in the sanctuary.
4 Thine enemies roar in the midst of thy congregations; they set up their ensigns for signs.
5 A man was famous according as he had lifted up axes upon the thick trees.
6 But now they break down the carved work thereof at once with axes and hammers.
7 They have cast fire into thy sanctuary, they have defiled by casting down the dwelling place of thy name to the ground.
8 They said in their hearts, Let us destroy them together: they have burned up all the synagogues of God in the land.
9 We see not our signs: there is no more any prophet: neither is there among us any that knoweth how long.
10 O God, how long shall the adversary reproach? shall the enemy blaspheme thy name for ever?
11 Why withdrawest thou thy hand, even thy right hand? pluck it out of thy bosom.
I would guess that Asaph studied under David for a long time. And also that he had been aware and had read a lot of David’s writing because it’s amazing how similar Asaph’s writing is to David. If somebody hadn’t identified the authors you would never know that it was a different writer.
He starts out by asking God why they are cast off and why is His anger against His own sheep. He asked God to remember his congregation, the one the one He’s purchased and the one He’s inherited, the one He’s redeemed. Asaph obviously feels like God has abandoned them
He reminds God that the enemy is desolating His sanctuary and they’re powerful in the midst of the congregation. Someone was made famous because they were cutting down the trees that were going to be used for the temple! Asaph is wondering why God’s not stopping this. There are no signs, there are no prophets and there was no one among them who knows how long it’s going to go on. He is perplexed. He even asked God how long the adversary will approach. How long will he let the enemy blaspheme His name. How long will he withdraws hand. He has got to pluck it out of his bosom and do something! SOunds like it’s getting pretty bad!
12 For God is my King of old, working salvation in the midst of the earth.
13 Thou didst divide the sea by thy strength: thou brakest the heads of the dragons in the waters.
14 Thou brakest the heads of leviathan in pieces, and gavest him to be meat to the people inhabiting the wilderness.
15 Thou didst cleave the fountain and the flood: thou driedst up mighty rivers.
16 The day is thine, the night also is thine: thou hast prepared the light and the sun.
17 Thou hast set all the borders of the earth: thou hast made summer and winter.
Now he reminds himself that God is the King of all. He has worked salvation in the midst of the Earth. He reminds himself that God divided the sea, that God broke the heads of the dragons and the Leviathan and gave him to be meat for the people. This is called encouraging oneself. Are you able to do this? Are you able to encourage yourself in the things of the Lord to bring you out of a depressed state? When the enemy seems to be gathering up against you can you encouraging yourself by what God has done in your past? This is a quick way to gain faith in the midst of turmoil. God you healed me before I know you can heal me again God. You have delivered to me before, I know you can deliver me again.
He stopped the fountain in the flood. He owns the day. He owns the night. He prepares the light and the sun. Think about that when you see a sunrise. Do you think about the fact that God places the clouds in the correct position to cause the light to shine and give us those brilliant sunsets? What do you just chalk it up to nature? You think it’s a coincidence that those clouds are where they are so the sun sun shines that way off of them? I’ve got news for you. God prepares the light and the sun. He who sets the borders and the edges of the earth. He’s the one that put the horizon there. And He’s the one that sets the winters and the summers. Our God is an awesome God, He reigns from heaven above. Hallelujah
18 Remember this, that the enemy hath reproached, O Lord, and that the foolish people have blasphemed thy name.
19 O deliver not the soul of thy turtledove unto the multitude of the wicked: forget not the congregation of thy poor for ever.
20 Have respect unto the covenant: for the dark places of the earth are full of the habitations of cruelty.
21 O let not the oppressed return ashamed: let the poor and needy praise thy name.
22 Arise, O God, plead thine own cause: remember how the foolish man reproacheth thee daily.
23 Forget not the voice of thine enemies: the tumult of those that rise up against thee increaseth continually.
Remember that you have done these things God., when the enemy has reproached and the foolish people have blasphemed you. Don’t forget that the congregation of the poor have respect unto your cdovenant Lord. Do you ever remind God of his promises? It’s not that God needs to be reminded. It’s that He wants to make sure you know what those promises are. Have you held them in your heart so that you can relate them back to Him and say God you promise this? We have a covenant with Him through the blood of Jesus.
He asked God to not let the oppressed be ashamed. And he asks to let the poor and the needy praise His name. Once again Asaph looks out for the poor and the needy and the oppressed. This is God’s heart and it is repeated over and over again. He is a God of Mercy. And if you’re not having Mercy on those that are oppressed and those of the poor and those who are needy you are not a person after God’s Own Heart. It’s time that the church become the merciful Servants of God.
Rise up, oh God, plead your cause! Remember this man has reproached you God. Don’t forget us. Don’t forget the voice of your enemy the ones that rise up against you continually. Come after them and take them out Lord. Remember the poor and the needy and the oppressed.