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Psalm 79 (3:52)

by Jason Silver (played 13 times)

 

We may not be living in the trials of those ancient people of Israel, who had their temple overrun, their holy places desecrated, their priests slaughtered, killed and fed to the birds; but there is a different type of desecration we all face as God's people. Every day we endure taunting of a more subtle kind.

I'm not one to get up on a soapbox concerning the evils of the world, but let's face it: to be a Christian in many places on earth nowadays is to be mocked. We are all lumped in with the very worst legalistic, and hedonistic representatives of our faith; (and I use that word "representative" in a sarcastic manner).

One example, we see it regularly on television shows: the pastors are most often portrayed as having grievous, hidden sins; the average church goer is shown as naive and blind to the truths of the world; Christian men are shown as impotent and absent; Christian women are shown as busy-bodies, or fatally submissive. These caricatures seem to give permission for the nonbeliever to stand in judgement of all Christians everywhere for their general "silliness."

O God, your new holy temple, the people, are being defiled. We have become a taunt to our neighbours, mocked and derided by those around us. Will you be angry forever? Why should the nations say, "Where is their God?"

We look forward to the day when we your people, the flock of your pasture, will give thanks to you forever; from generation to generation we will recount your praise!

Amen.

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O God, the nations have come into your inheritance.
They have defiled your holy temple.
They've laid Jerusalem in ruins, and they have fed-
They've fed the bodies of your servants to the birds,
And your faithful to the wild animals.

They have poured out blood like water
All around Jerusalem.
There was no one there to bury them.

We have become a laughing stock to those around us,
Mocked and derided by our neighbours.
How long, O Lord? Will you be angry forever?
Will your jealous anger burn down like a fire,
Or your wrath on nations that do not know you?

And on kingdoms that do not call,
Don't call on your name; they've
Devoured Jacob, and destroyed his home.

Do not hold against us the sins of our fathers.
Let your compassion come quickly to meet us.
For we are brought very low. Help us, God of salvation.
For the glory of your name, deliver us,
And forgive our sins for your name's sake.

Why should the nations say, "Where is their God? Where is their God?"
Before our eyes, this blood be avenged!
Let groaning of the prisoners come before you!
According to your power, preserve those doomed to die!
May they be insulted how they insulted you.

Then your people, the flock of
Your pasture will give thanks to you
Every generation, count your praise!

Do not hold against us the sins of our fathers.
Let your compassion come quickly to meet us.
For we are brought very low. Help us, God of salvation.
For the glory of your name, deliver us,
And forgive our sins for your name's sake.

ISRC: SE5BU1967057