Thursday, March 4, 2010

Psalm 79

5 comments:

Prairie Chick said...

"Hear the moans of the prisoners. Use your great power to save those sentenced to die." v11

And isn't that just what He did? With all of us? That verse just gave me shivers.

"We are your people, the sheep of your flock. We will thank you always; forever and ever we will praise you." v13

Love that verse. Thank you always... indeed. In giving thanks comes grace and blessing even in the darkest times.

Mac an Rothaich said...

'Deliverances from trouble are mercies indeed, when grounded upon the pardon of sin; we should therefore be more earnest in prayer for the removal of our sins than for the removal of afflictions. They had no hopes but from God's mercies, his tender mercies. They plead no merit, they pretend to none, but, Help us.'

A quote from a commentary I looked this chapter up in that I thought I could agree with.

Though I agree with this quote I also believe that Jesus came to and wants to remove our afflictions too so I don't shy away from asking for that from my Heavenly Father as well. After all, I wish to remove my children's afflictions.

Denise said...

"Why should pagan nations be allowed to scoff, asking, "Where is their God?" (v.10)

"In the end, God's glory will be evident to all people, but in the meantime, we must endure suffering with patience and allow God to strengthen our character through it. For reasons that we do not know, God sometimes allows pagan people to scoff at believers. We should be prepared for criticism, jokes, and unkind remarks because God does not place us beyond the attacks of scoffers."

Chris said...

it's all about God's will again, isn't it? Not MY will, but His. In God's sovereignty, I must submit myself to the possiblity of pain being the most effective way to bring about His glory and our repentance. Just as Jesus asked for some alternate way, and still accepted the difficult path; I need that attitude... not my will but Yours.

I love "Help us, O God our Savior, for the glory of your name; deliver us and forgive our sins for your name's sake."

Jude said...

v13 "We are your peeple, the sheep of your flock. We will thank you always; forever and ever we will praise you."

Initilly I was struck by the joy of praising forever and ever and then it struck me as a hollow promise as we know that the Iraelites of old and God's people today have at times ceased to praise him at least on an individual basis. I am not questioning the psalmists sincerity but I know that I make promises, sometimes as I plead with God, and then fall back on them, not fulfilling my end of the deal. Fortunatly God is patient and so faithful and helps and welcomes me back each time.