The Israelite community was in great distress when Psalm 79 was written. Many scholars believe it was during a time where disaster struck Jerusalem. Throughout God walking with His people, they continually turned away from Him. Over and over again we see a recurring pattern of God’s favor, God was taken for granted, sin entering His people, terrible things come, God’s people crying out for help and God restores. This pattern of favor, sin, repentance, restoration reoccurred for hundreds of years.
Unfortunately, the pattern has evolved into something much less beautiful and sadly much more destructive. Many people today experience God’s blessing/favor (whether they realize it or not) and end up going through the same pattern. They take it for granted, eventually lead to terrible sin that starts to destroy all that God has been doing in their lives. For some, humility enters as they realize the mistakes which leads them to repentance and eventual restoration. My life is a product of God’s grace overwhelming my life and giving me FAR more then I could ever ask for, pray for or even dream.
The more deadly cycle comes in right before humility enters into their lives… Instead, bitterness and hate come in. God starts to get blamed for other people’s actions and sometimes even someone’s very own actions. People start to question God’s goodness because of what SIN has been doing. Some people start to get angry with God and turn even further away from Him when their own sin/choices start to wreck their lives.
The truth is, all the negative things in this world break God’s heart more then any of us could understand.Tweet
The injustice and pain that is running around this world is the very reason God decided to become a human to save us from the pain on this earth. This does not mean that bad things won’t happen to good people but instead that when bad things happen to good people there is a hope to be found in Jesus. God’s love for His people is outstanding and the effort He puts into the relationship FAR outweighs our effort. One of the greatest reminders for me is found in Ephesians 1 where Paul says,
“In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.“Ephesians 1:7-10 (ESV)
It is through Jesus that we can be set free from the bondage and pain of this world. We can experience a sense of peace and love that goes beyond anything we could ever imagine. We can walk in peace with others and be restored to something so much greater than ourselves. he gives us a greater purpose and a passion to serve others. The Israelite people understood the goodness of God. That’s why their response in Psalm 79 is a prayer of humility for freedom and protection from the destruction they were in. They knew the source of life and the love that was to be found in God and God alone.