1 O god, the heathen are come into thine inheritance; thy holy temple have they defiled; they have laid Jerusalem on heaps.
2 The dead bodies of thy servants have they given to be meat unto the fowls of the heaven, the flesh of thy saints unto the beasts of the earth.
3 Their blood have they shed like water round about Jerusalem; and there was none to bury them.
4 We are become a reproach to our neighbours, a scorn and derision to them that are round about us.
5 How long, Lord? wilt thou be angry for ever? shall thy jealousy burn like fire?
The worst has come upon the people of Israel. The enemy defiles the temple and they have laid Jerusalem to waste. There are dead bodies lying around that the birds and beast of the earth are eating. The blood is shed all over the place and Israel has become a reproach to their neighbors. What a perfect time to ask “How long, Lord? Will you be angry forever?”
We will probably never face a time like Israel is facing right here. But maybe you have had a sickness or an injury that seems to just go on and on and on. You can’t find relief in anything you do. You’ve asked the Lord over and over again to hear you and yet you don’t feel His healing. So you cry out to God “How long Lord?”. I could easily do that right now! I’ve been sick for 12 months now between the pneumonia last year and then being diagnosed with cancer. It would be easy for me to ask how long Lord until I feel like myself again. But I sit here and study his word and I get extremely blessed everyday. He’s giving me songs and poems, some of the best I’ve ever written. And he’s allowing me to do commentary on his word. Actually, I hope that’s a blessing to you, the reader. Yes, I wonder how long my complete healing . Slowly but surely I’m getting better. I was told it would be 6-12 months before I’d feel anywhere near normal. It’s only been 3 months since the last transplant so I have a little ways to go. I trust God that He will bring me out of it and I will be whole once again.
6 Pour out thy wrath upon the heathen that have not known thee, and upon the kingdoms that have not called upon thy name.
7 For they have devoured Jacob, and laid waste his dwelling place.
8 O remember not against us former iniquities: let thy tender mercies speedily prevent us: for we are brought very low.
9 Help us, O God of our salvation, for the glory of thy name: and deliver us, and purge away our sins, for thy name’s sake.
The writer asked God to pour out his wrath upon these people. They have not praised Him! They have not called upon his name. He should not be protecting them. They don’t even known God. They devoured his chosen nation left in ruins. And the writer asks God to forget the former iniquities that they’ve committed and calls upon God’s mercy, because they have been brought low. I love it when they plead on His Mercy. Got extends mercy over and over again to Israel. We talked about this last time. Yet we can still go back to his Mercy because He is the God of our salvation.
The writer says deliver us for the glory of your name . We know that God deserves the glory in all things. We have to make sure that when we get delivered from a situation, whatever it may be, that we’re giving God the glory. You can bet your bottom dollar when I’m completely healed, I’ll be singing his praise everywhere I go. I am an evangelist and a singer/songwriter and as soon as I can I’m going to start trying to get out and Minister. I will talk about the love and grace and mercy of God. I can’t wait for that day. I want to give Him glory everywhere I can. I want to lift up His name wherever I go. Right now I can’t even get out of the house because of the winter weather. But when I do look out world.
10 Wherefore should the heathen say, Where is their God? let him be known among the heathen in our sight by the revenging of the blood of thy servants which is shed.
11 Let the sighing of the prisoner come before thee; according to the greatness of thy power preserve thou those that are appointed to die;
12 And render unto our neighbours sevenfold into their bosom their reproach, wherewith they have reproached thee, O Lord.
13 So we thy people and sheep of thy pasture will give thee thanks for ever: we will shew forth thy praise to all generations.
The writer now asks God a very valid question. Why should the heathen be able to say there isn’t a god? Why, God, are you giving him that possibility? Then He tells God what he wants Him to do. Let yourself be known in the midst of the heathen and help those who are appointed to die. Render unto them sevenfold what they’ve done to us and what they’ve done to you. After all, they have been a reproach to you, Lord, not just to us. And then we your people, the sheep of your pasture, will give thanks forever. We will show forth your praise from generation to generation down through the annals of time.
I disagree with the writer a little bit here. I think the key is giving God thanks in the middle of the trial, not just at the end. Oh, it’s important to make sure that we lift up His name after the trial has passed, don’t get me wrong. But I also believe it’s important to praise Him in the middle of the storm, and many times that speeds up His delivery process to get us out of the storm! We must trust Him with all that we have and all that we do.