|Broken and Violated|
Psalm 80:12, 13
The Story: Asaph sees the vine of the Lord being taken advantage of and plundered by the surrounding nations. The walls that once separated Israel as a holy people to the Lord are now broken down, and the presence and influence of pagan nations washes over the boundaries and inundates the nation with the flotsam and jetsam of abominable and immoral ways. Probably Asaph is thinking here about the Law of God rather than any physical barriers. Solomon, we know, was taking foreign wives and providing sanctuary for their pagan deities. Doubtless the many nations visiting Jerusalem continuously took what they wanted and left some stain of corruption on the hearts of the king, his court, and the people of God. Note that Asaph sees the Lord’s hand in this (v. 12). He has allowed this situation to come to pass in order to chasten His people and to set them on a course of seeking Him once again.
The Structure: God has called His people to withdraw from the ways of the world so that they might pursue godliness in the fear of the Lord (2 Cor. 6:16-7:1). Today, whenever we allow the ways of the world to find a welcome place in our hearts or our churches, we are opening the door to losing our true identity as the people of God. We should look around within our churches. Do we see the find the “elemental principles” and everyday practices of the world to be our stock in trade (Gal. 4:8-10)? Is there anything remaining of solemnity, awe, and fear in our worship? The ways of the world creep in so gradually that we might fail to note that, with wall of God’s Law effectively left to ruin in the churches today, the ways of the world are spilling in and pervading all we do.Do you ever find, in the midst of a worship service, that you don’t seem very close to the Lord? Would you describe yourself as actively pursuing godliness in the fear of God (2 Cor. 7:1)?
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