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Dave Burnette's Commentary

Psalm Chapter 79

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: David, Asaph, Solomon, Heman, Ethan, Moses, and the Sons of Korah
Date Penned: (1440-586 BC)
Overview: Poetry for the Expression of Praise and Worship to God (c 1-150)
Theme: The Third Book of Psalms (c 73 - 89)
Message: outraged about injustice (v 1-13)

Psalms 79 Commentary

(79:6) Judgment - According to the Old Testament, God's judgment and wrath would often fall on entire nations because of the sins of people within those nations. Here Asaph was pleading for judgment on kingdoms that refused to acknowledge God's authority. Ironically, Asaph's own nation of Judah was being judged by God for refusing to do this very thing (2 Chronicles 36.14-20). These were people who had sworn allegiance to God but were now rejecting him. This made their judgment even worse. 

(79:10) Enduring Suffering - In the end, God's glory will be evident to all people, but in the meantime, we must endure suffering with patience and courage, allowing 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, ridicule, and unkind remarks because God does not place us beyond the attacks of scoffers.

Dave Burnette's Life Application

Mad at God?

Each day, we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter, making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today, we continue in the Book of Psalms with Chapter 79. In our text today, we see a theme of our response to God in times of injustice. Our answer is to cry out to God instead of crying out against God. In making an application, we see that when things seem to go against us, we can get mad at God or call out to God of all justice and knowledge to handle our situation. Today, many do not understand injustices in the world, but as we have been learning through the Psalms, everyone will give an account to the Lord, and our Lord deals with His Justice in His Timing. How about you? Do you get mad at God when you face injustice in the world? Let us learn from our Psalm and text today to remember that our Lord deals with injustice, so we should cry out to the Lord instead of getting mad at God for man's injustice.


Psalm 79

Psalm 79

 1O god, the heathen are come into thine inheritance; thy holy temple have they defiled; they have laid Jerusalem on heaps.

 2The dead bodies of thy servants have they given to be meat unto the fowls of the heaven, the flesh of thy saints unto the beasts of the earth.

 3Their blood have they shed like water round about Jerusalem; and there was none to bury them.

 4We are become a reproach to our neighbours, a scorn and derision to them that are round about us.

 5How long, LORD? wilt thou be angry for ever? shall thy jealousy burn like fire?

 6Pour out thy wrath upon the heathen that have not known thee, and upon the kingdoms that have not called upon thy name.

 7For they have devoured Jacob, and laid waste his dwelling place.

 8O remember not against us former iniquities: let thy tender mercies speedily prevent us: for we are brought very low.

 9Help us, O God of our salvation, for the glory of thy name: and deliver us, and purge away our sins, for thy name's sake.

 10Wherefore should the heathen say, Where is their God? let him be known among the heathen in our sight by the revenging of the blood of thy servants which is shed.

 11Let the sighing of the prisoner come before thee; according to the greatness of thy power preserve thou those that are appointed to die;

 12And render unto our neighbours sevenfold into their bosom their reproach, wherewith they have reproached thee, O Lord.

 13So we thy people and sheep of thy pasture will give thee thanks for ever: we will shew forth thy praise to all generations.