Psalm 74: A Prayer for National Deliverance
Sunday, November 20, 2016
Today we fully take in the name of this Psalm; it comes to us after a fiercely fought election in the U.S., and before elections in the Netherlands (March 2017), France (May 2017), and Germany (October 2017). Ultra conservative forces are on the move around the globe. Those who champion progressive social views may feel abandoned.
You walked off and left us, and never looked back.
God, how could you do that?
We’re your very own sheep;
how can you stomp off in anger? (MSG)
Today we fully take in the name of this Psalm; it is a prayer for anyone who fears for their nation or people.
Remember your congregation, which you acquired long ago,
which you redeemed to be the tribe of your heritage. (NRSV)
Today we fully take in the name of this Psalm as we hand our worries and fears to God.
Your enemies have shouted in triumph in your Temple;
they have placed their flags there as signs of victory. (GNT)
Today we fully take in the name of this Psalm as we rest in the love of God.
They said in their heart, “Let us completely subdue them.”
They have burned all the meeting places of God in the land.
We do not see our signs;
There is no longer any prophet,
Nor is there any among us who knows how long. (NASB)
Today we fully take in the name of this Psalm; it reminds of Jesus’ words: Do not let your hearts be troubled. You have faith in God; have faith in me also. (John 14:1)
But you have been our king from the beginning, O God;
you have saved us many times. (GNT)
Today we fully take in the name of this Psalm; it reminds us that there is nothing to fear.
When we compare varying translations of Psalm 74, we find the Spirit’s consolation to ease the pain, we find God’s strength to answer God’s call, and we find Christ’s love that conquers all.