Psalm 74:18, 19
The Story: We can hear the urgency in Asaph’s voice. He knows where Israel’s present compromises will lead, and he also knows that the enemies of true religion are not only defiling the people, but mocking God as well. Asaph calls on the Lord, for His own sake, to see and to remember – there’s that word again. We can almost hear the weeping for God’s people that weighs on the heart of our prophet/poet as he cries out to God to spare His people from the folly of their sinful ways (v. 19). This is the heart of a true prophet – not one that judges and condemns, but one that overflows with love for the people of God, lest they be devoured by the enemy they have begun to harbor in their midst.
The Structure: The Church needs such prophets in her midst today – men who will cry out to and before the Lord to intervene to lead His people back from the precipice of disaster. It is possible to admonish the Church without condemning her. Yet such does not appear to be the course of much preaching in our day. Nor of much praying. I meet very few pastors whose hearts are breaking for the sorry condition of Christian faith in our day. Yet God can break through to the hearts of church leaders, and He is more likely to do that when people who recognized the conditions Asaph saw will weep for the state of the Church and cry out to God for revival.
Meditate on Psalm 80 – one of Asaph’s psalms. How does this psalm counsel you in praying for revival? Will you take up the call and challenge to plead with God for renewal in your church?
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