Vs. 21, “Do not let the oppressed retreat in disgrace; may the poor and needy praise your name.” Times were tough & Israel had strayed back to their pagan ways of living…Asaph is referring to the Babylonian attack upon Jerusalem. The enemy had seemingly found victory over God’s people. Asaph would pray for God’s hand in rebuilding & restoring and the defeat of their enemies. Fortunately for us…we know that God would restore God’s people as they turned back to Him & bring them back to the land He promised.
Regarding application…Enemy Defeated. Throughout history, those who opposed our God have tried in vain to stamp out God’s people. Even today, people want to take out the “Christ” in Christmas & replace it with X-Mas. States & Governmenet groups are beginning to take the very name of God out of the laws. However, let us not be discouraged when it seems the enemy is winning. Rather, let us light our flame for Christ even brighter so that this lost world would see Christ in us!
Vs. 2, “You say, “I choose the appointed time; it is I who judge uprightly.” The injustices of the world seem to go unnoticed, but Asaph is reminding us all that God in his right timing will judge accordingly. One day God will pour out the cup of wrath (vs.8) unto this sinful world. The knowledge of God’s power should give us hope & a good Godly fear!
Regarding application…Holding on to Hope. There is a regular customer @ the bank that comes in quite often. I’ve gotten to know this elderly lady, and we engaged in a conversation about criminals & how they can steal your identity, etc. She was distressed and shared with me how she feels the world is just getting worse. As Christians….we know the world is going to get worse before it gets better. That is why we must hold on to promises that God will judge rightly! While it is right to pursue justice when bad things happen…sometimes we have to wait…trust….& praise God anyway!