Scripture: Psalm 74:1-12
O God, why have you rejected us forever?
Why does your anger smolder against the sheep of your pasture?
Remember the nation you purchased long ago,
the people of your inheritance, whom you redeemed—
Mount Zion, where you dwelt.
Turn your steps toward these everlasting ruins,
all this destruction the enemy has brought on the sanctuary.
Your foes roared in the place where you met with us;
they set up their standards as signs.
They behaved like men wielding axes
to cut through a thicket of trees.
They smashed all the carved paneling
with their axes and hatchets.
They burned your sanctuary to the ground;
they defiled the dwelling place of your Name.
They said in their hearts, “We will crush them completely!”
They burned every place where God was worshiped in the land.
We are given no signs from God;
no prophets are left,
and none of us knows how long this will be.
How long will the enemy mock you, God?
Will the foe revile your name forever?
Why do you hold back your hand, your right hand?
Take it from the folds of your garment and destroy them!
But God is my King from long ago;
he brings salvation on the earth.
Devotional: When reading this Psalm, can’t you just hear the desperation and the longing of those who have endlessly waited for deliverance? The psalmist recalls God’s sovereignty and promise, and his belief that, despite the suffering around them, God would ultimately prevail.
The declaration that God would bring salvation on the earth is a timeless one. And no matter what century in which one lives, this has been true from the beginning of creation.
It’s important as we anticipate celebrating the birth of Christ, that we also take time to consider the long awaited Jesus. A favorite Christmas hymn reflects this:
Come thou long expected Jesus,
Born to set Thy people free;
From our fears and sins release us,
Let us find our rest in Thee.
Israel's strength and consolation,
Hope of all the earth Thou art;
Dear desire of every nation,
Joy of every longing heart.
Give thanks today that you live on the other side of God’s promise. And that consolation, salvation, and hope is here. You need not wait.
- Take some time today to be still before God and worship Him in His sovereignty.
- Listen to the Christmas hymn, Come Thou Long Expected Jesus