Request for God to Remember His Covenant
|The burning / destruction of Jerusalem & the temple in 586 B.C.|
In Psalm 74, the psalmist is declaring a community lament over the burning and destruction of Jerusalem and the temple, most likely in 586 B.C. by the Nebuchadnezzar and the Babylonians.
Have respect to the covenant. ~ Ps. 74:20
Arise, O God, plead Your own cause. ~ Ps. 74:22The psalmist is, again, pleading to God to remember His people. Israel's cause is God's cause also. The same is true for the modern believer today: God has a stake in those who carry His name.
The day is Yours, the night is also Yours;
You have prepared the light and the sun.
You have set all the boarders of the earth;
You have made summer and winter.
~ Ps. 74:16-17
WHAT CAN I LEARN ABOUT GOD THROUGH THIS PSALM:
- God allows our adversaries' reproach at times
- God is my King from old
- The day, the night, the seasons - everything is the Lord's
- God keeps His covenant - He IS faithful
HOW CAN I PRAISE GOD THROUGH THIS PSALM:
- I praise the Lord for His faithfulness to His covenant - that His grace makes His covenants with His people unconditional. I praise God that human failure is never permitted to annul the covenant or block its fulfillment.
- I praise God that He won't cast His people off forever
- I praise God for His might
O Lord, I marvel at Your grace. I bless You that You are a covenant-keeping God - that Your faithfulness is never dependent upon my own. Thank You, O God, that even in Your discipline, Your faithfulness never wavers.
You are Almighty God, and my heart is full of awe. Grant to me great understanding to know You more fully. In Jesus' name I pray ~ Amen