Psalm 74:1-23 A Lament Psalm by Asaph . . . probably
Psalm 74:1-23 God’s Turtledove
Psalm 74 is another maskil psalm meaning it is a teaching psalm. The author is Asaph who lived during the time of David. Or is he? The psalm focuses on the destruction of the temple in 587-586 B.C. so the author may have been a namesake of Asaph.
The psalmist asks if God has rejected the Israelites (v. 1). It probably seemed that way if the burning of the temple (v. 7) was the occasion for writing. Asaph reminds God that He was the One who had redeemed the Israelites (vv. 2-8) so it didn’t seem right to let them perish.
The people were completely disheartened (v. 9) by the defeat by their enemies (v. 10). They felt like God had abandoned them (v. 11).
Asaph does what all believers should do when demoralized. He reminded himself Who God is and what He had done (v. 12).
- God had divided the sea and tamed sea monsters (v. 13)
- He fed the largest of sea creatures to other animals in the world (v. 14)
- He controls water in the desert, at the Red Sea and the Jordan so the Israelites could satisfy their thirst and escape their enemies (v. 15)
- He turns the lights on in the morning and turns them off at night (v. 16)
- He causes the seasons to change and sets the borders of the nations (v. 17)
Asaph knew that God loved Israel, His “turtledove” (v. 19) and wouldn’t allow them to perish at the hands of unbelievers (vv. 18-20). He knew God would restore them to worship again (v. 21).
God should protect His own reputation (v. 22a, cf. Num. 14:13-19, blog A Nation Of Jerrys). God has a soft spot for His Own glory. We should, too. We should remember that we exist for His glory and when we pray, it should be to ask for things that will glorify Him (cf. John 14:13).
Ungodly are constantly seeking to diminish God (v. 22b). Asaph’s purpose was to thwart the voices of those speaking against God (v. 23).
Do you live for the glory of God like Asaph?
Proverbs 12:11 Quick Oats
If you work and have a job, you’ll be able to eat, in general (remember Proverbs is “wisdom literature” that is generally true). The New Testament says that if you don’t work, you shouldn’t eat either (cf. 2 Thess. 3:10).
Someone who is quixotic is a dummy (v. 11b).