We have a real enemy – the Devil. He goes about like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour. 1 Peter 5:8 When the church takes one step forward and things begin to look bright, something terrible can happen, so that we cry out again as in 80:7. The psalms teach us to speak freely with God, and to stand firmly with our brethren shield to shield in these spiritual battles for the life of our church and people.
“We have become a taunt to our neighbours, mocked and derided by those around us.” 79 v4
What a familiar sentiment for us today, and throughout all of history.
God’s people endure mocking and derision, the taunting of those around us.
Specifically here this is an instance of God’s people undergoing harm and wastage on a national level, so that nations are saying “Where is their God?” v10.
But Jesus makes it clear hey, that true religion, a heart after God’s own heart, will always come into contention with the world.
He says in Mark 13 v13, “And you will be hated by all for my name’s sake.”
And in more than words, we see Him – The King of Kings, Saviour of the World – laughed at. Matthew 27 v29 says, “… And kneeling before him, they mocked him, saying ‘Hail, King of the Jews!'”
Paul exhorts us regarding persecution, in 2 Timothy 3 v12, “Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted,”
What is Asaph’s resulting request to the Lord as he works through persecution, along with the thought that God had deserted His people?
Asaph calls on the Lord to save, deliver and restore His people.
“Restore us, O LORD God of hosts! Let your face shine, that we may be saved!”
In Jesus we see God’s face shining on us. His glory revealed in a way not seen even by Moses on the mountain.
Praise God for Jesus, God’s glory revealed! Praise God for Jesus, through whom we are saved and delivered, restored to Him!