Reading: Psalm 79:1-7
A maskil of Asaph.
O God, the nations have invaded your inheritance;
they have defiled your holy temple,
they have reduced Jerusalem to rubble.
They have left the dead bodies of your servants
as food for the birds of the sky,
the flesh of your own people for the animals of the wild.
They have poured out blood like water
all around Jerusalem,
and there is no one to bury the dead.
We are objects of contempt to our neighbors,
of scorn and derision to those around us.
How long, LORD? Will you be angry forever?
How long will your jealousy burn like fire?
Pour out your wrath on the nations
that do not acknowledge you,
on the kingdoms that do not call on your name;
for they have devoured Jacob
and devastated his homeland (NIV).*
Have you caught a glimpse of the devastation? It seems the psalmist, Asaph, had a good look at it. Now take a good look at his words. They have left the dead bodies of your servants as food for the birds of the sky, the flesh of your own people for the animals of the wild. They have poured out blood like water all around Jerusalem, and there is no one to bury the dead.
This description reads like a segment of the evening newscast. Of course, the newscast has plenty of disturbing visuals to go with it. When we look at conflict zones like Syria, Ukraine, and Afghanistan, we realize bloodshed and violence are all too common in our world. Jihadi violence has spread to European cities too. But we don’t have to go overseas to find images of death and destruction. Just last week in my city an unarmed black man was beaten to death by two police officers. As is so often the case, the images were caught on camera. Violence and bloodshed are present in our cities too.
Has the world gone mad? Are we sinking deeper and deeper into depravity? Have our minds become numb to the carnage? Or are we joining with the psalmist in crying out, “How long, LORD?” How long will you let this insanity continue? LORD, won’t you come and fix this broken messed up world?
Our hearts cry out for justice, mercy and peace—justice for those who have been wronged, mercy for those who have been wounded and broken, and peace for all who are troubled in soul and spirit. He who testifies to these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus (Revelation 22:20).
Response: LORD God, please have mercy on the people of this world. We need you here—right here with us in this broken world. Come and fix it. Come and fix us, Lord Jesus. Amen.
Your Turn: Are you concerned about the state of your city, your country and the world?
* NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION, COPYRIGHT ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 BY BIBLICA
Please pray for the people of Ukraine!
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Alan Kearns said:
What troubles me most in recent days is the way that military men have openly carried out unspeakable atrocities against innocents, and the world stands by and watch it happen. It is heart breaking.
I am in total agreement. It’s beyond shameful! God of justice act against the perpetrators.
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Deliverance will come when we seek the Lord with all of our hearts as individuals and as nations. “I sought the LORD, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.’ – Psalm 34:4
That’s a very fitting scripture. Thanks, Wally.
You are so right about instant news and visual images we’re exposed to each day. I live in a small town in Minnesota, but we’re close to a major highway that leads to the city of Minneapolis, which has become a war zone in itself, but we see crime abundantly in our little town as well. Right next door to us is what appears to be a drug house and across the street looks like it could be a brothel. Maybe it’s because we have more time and see things that others don’t, but there is really nothing that can be done unless these crimes are in progress when police arrive. I love our little house but fear we will have to move for our own safety someday soon. I trust that all of this is in God’s hands but can’t get over the fear.
Lord, we pray for positive change in Kathy’s neighborhood. Give her courage that rises above fear. Amen.
Thank you so much, David.
Mary Cates Author and Freelance Writer said:
The world is in great turmoil. Delusion and insanity seem to be in every place. Jesus is the only answer. I truly believe that His return is close….that the Rapture is imminent.
He who testifies to these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon.”
Amen. Come, Lord Jesus (Revelation 22:20, NIV).
Mary Cates Author and Freelance Writer said:
Thank you, David.
Quoting the Amplified New Testament (which I sometimes go to for more elaboration) this is your referenced verse: Revelation 22:20 “He Who gives this warning and affirms and testifies to these things says Yes – it is true. [Surely] I am coming quickly – swiftly, speedily. Amen – so let it be! Yes, come, Lord Jesus.” Blessings and have a great day!
Timely post with Ukraine going on