Two more songs by Asaph: Asaph was one of David’s leading Levite musicians. When David brought the Ark into Jerusalem, Asaph was one of those playing out in front of the ark. He lived through some dark days, as Psalm 74 recalls. Asaph’s faith (Psalm 74:12) is like that of Joshua who declared, but as for me and my house we will serve the Lord!
Again we have the pattern.
Here is a reality from man’s perspective.
It seemed as though God had cast them off, and Asaph calls on God to remember His congregation!
But then in v12 of psalm 74 we have the pivot.
“Yet God my King is from of old, working salvation in the midst of the earth.”
This is the balancing of perspectives. We have a valid portion of this prayer given over to our perspective. But it is balanced and overlayed with the perspective of God.
“You divided the sea by your might; you broke the heads of the sea monsters on the waters.”
Interestingly Asaph then turns again to calling on the Lord for action.
Our prayers are manifold as we work through the layers and bands that are our lives. We are able to see good wise structure (cry out in our pain -> remember God and what He has done), but that is a deep river we can continue to plumb all our days here.
Let’s give thanks to God that He has provided with us these psalms, wonderful examples, deep and wide, of prayer!