A prayer for the modern church

Psalms Bible Background

08.07.2015 Old Testament: Psa 79.11–13

To read the Bible in a year, read Psalms 79–81 on August 7, In the year of our Lord 2015

By Don Ruhl

The enemies of the church reproach the name of God constantly. What shall we do? We should pray as Asaph prayed,

Let the groaning of the prisoner come before You;
According to the greatness of Your power
Preserve those who are appointed to die;
And return to our neighbors sevenfold into their bosom
Their reproach with which they have reproached You, O Lord.
So we, Your people and sheep of Your pasture,
Will give You thanks forever;
We will show forth Your praise to all generations.
(Psalm 79.11–13) 

Asaph, the writer of Psalm 79, pled with the Lord to hear this prayer, asking Him to preserve those who were ready to die, and then Asaph asked the Lord to return to their enemies the reproach with which they sought to reproach the Lord.

Then Asaph and his people would thank and praise the Lord, just as we do today, because of how the Lord answered this prayer centuries ago.

Therefore, as the world reproaches our Lord, let us speak to Him of it, asking Him to do something about it.

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