“How long, O Lord?” The Psalmist begins this Psalm with a cry to God. He is lamenting over the destruction of God’s Holy City in 586 BC. All that he stands for, the devastation he sees in the streets of Jerusalem, beckons him to call and cry out to God. He is faced with an insurmountable grief in his life that in fact has weakened his own spirit. (vs 8). Sitting in a state what many today would describe as depression; he calls out to God. “How long, O lord?”
In his longings, the Psalmist is once again reminded of the Glory of God. One of the many attributes of God. He calls out to God to have that Glory once again shine forth. He pleads for forgiveness of sin on behalf of the people as this stops God’s Glory. He pleads for God’s deliverance to come to the people for this will reveal to the nations the Glory of God. He asks God to preserve His people for the coming time when God’s Glory will bring about judgement and eternal life.
In the end, the Psalmist once again reminds us that we need to have God’s praise always on our lips.
“Give thanks to you forever; from generation to generation, we will recount your praise.”
In the end, we are reminded that “nothing is more important than God’s glory, and it should play a greater role in our prayers, plans, and actions.” Today, commit yourself to give praise and that God’s Glory will be revealed through your life.
3 Month Reading Plan - Psalms 76-77