Vs. 9, “Help us, O God our Savior, for the glory of your name; deliver us and forgive our sins for your name’s sake.” Most scholars believe Asaph is referring to the Babylonian invasion by Nebuchadnezzar. Up until this time, God’s enemies were silenced by Israel and their dominance. However, a time would come such as this where destruction paves its way. A pastor once said, “God would rather destroy His inheritance than allow His people to sin and rebel.” We know that in time…God did answer the pleas of Asaph…for the Babylonians would pay their due punishment.
Regarding application…God’s Wrath. Vs. 6, “Pour out your wrath on the nations that do not knowledge you, on the kingdoms that do not call on your name.” This would seem an appropriate prayer…and rightfully so. The Babylonians deserved such wrath from God. But let us not forget why this all happened in the first place. God was allowing such trials to come their way because Israel had turned their face from God. Sometimes it is easier to see ths sins of others rather than the log in our own eye. The nation of Israel back then…and even ourselves today must start seeing sin the way God sees sin. Praise God for trials! However…let us endure trials that come because we are walking against the grain…not with it.