PSALM 79 - Nasty Neighbours 20 Jan 2020
The neighbours of Israel have not always been kind to them. Being realistic, the same could be said about most nations. Psalm 79 speaks about the defiled holy temple and bloodshed. Why would Israel have a right to revenge on their neighbours? Mount Zion should be a place of peace.
Entrust my case to God
If I have a conflict with my neighbour, I would like to entrust my case to God. Perhaps with an exception if unreasonable violence is done to me or others. Fighting usually goes together with losses and damage. My prayers is that God may teach me to build peace and live in peace with my neighbours.
I also like to pray for refugees, for a safe place to live.
1 [Psalm Of Asaph]
God, the pagans have invaded your heritage,
they have defiled your holy temple,
they have laid Jerusalem in ruins,
2 they have left the corpses of your servants as food for the birds of the air,
the bodies of your faithful for the wild beasts.
3 Around Jerusalem they have shed blood like water,
leaving no one to bury them.
4 We are the scorn of our neighbours,
the butt and laughing-stock of those around us.
5 How long will you be angry, Yahweh? For ever?
Is your jealousy to go on smouldering like a fire?
6 Pour out your anger on the nations who do not acknowledge you,
and on the kingdoms that do not call on your name;
7 for they have devoured Jacob and devastated his home.
8 Do not count against us the guilt of former generations,
in your tenderness come quickly to meet us,
for we are utterly weakened;
9 help us, God our Saviour, for the glory of your name;
Yahweh, wipe away our sins, rescue us for the sake of your name.
10 Why should the nations ask, 'Where is their God?'
Let us see the nations suffer vengeance for shedding your servants' blood.
11 May the groans of the captive reach you,
by your great strength save those who are condemned to death!
12 Repay our neighbours sevenfold for the insults they have levelled at you, Lord.
13 And we, your people, the flock that you pasture,
will thank you for ever, will recite your praises from age to age.
Excerpt from THE NEW JERUSALEM BIBLE, copyright (c) 1985 by
Darton, Longman & Todd, Ltd. and Doubleday, a division
of Penguin Random House, Inc. Reprinted by Permission.
Neighbours of Israel 1967.