Psalms of Prayer & Praise


Part 56: Psalms 79: David A Prayer For Mercy & Relief From The Heathens




In the name of God Master, of the Universe, Ruler of the earth


Editors Note: Surely those that deny God and Christ are confused and cater to the inspired word of Proverbs as the Fool. Meanwhile the attack on God’s people continues and the heathens rage. Who ordained who? God renders a calling for his Prophets, Sages, Apostles and Kings, “who am I send me.” Some stayed with God and some left. David was a good king and he had a heart of penitence. He also had a heart pleasing to God. Who does your heart please?




Greetings Brethren,


Peace be unto you. To the Church (the Church of Christ Jesus the Prophets and Apostles) and believing Christians everywhere. To those that believe in the Bible (the Spirit of God) as the supreme authority that governs all of humankind. In this we give thanks to God the Father the Son and the Holy Spirit that leads and guides us the straightway. We also come with no material motive or gain or profit from rendering the Truth of God. Those called to great service are given the greatest prosperity that exists by God and not man.



Many will have come and will come to suffer and die for the sake of Christ. However God will always be with us no matter what we go through. As we pray for patience and faith many will still come to scoff and cast ridicule at the saints. They will also call us many names that are not Godly. Some will also question our faith and claim we render a false doctrine. But God will provide. Follow us now as we bring the 79th Division of Psalms up for review and a word on the interactions of the righteous and the heathens.


Psalms 79:1: “O God, the heathen are come into thine inheritance; thy holy temple have they defiled; they have laid Jerusalem on heaps. “ (Also see Exodus 15:17)

Most heathens worship idols. These people were all around God’s people. They also challenged the people of God and used every opportunity to render harm to the holy city. David we also note wrote as a historian and as a prophet.


See also Psalms 74:2-7 where a plea is made to defend the cause of God and remember his promise. See Jeremiah 26:18 where the prophet narrowly escapes death and where we find conflict with the nation. The nation as a whole was judged for sins committed by the people. Also see Lamentations 1:10 where Jeremiah mourns and pleads for Jerusalem.


We resume our discussion as we return to our primary scripture found at Psalms 79


Psalms 79: 4-5: “We are come a reproach to our neighbours, a scorn and derision to them that are round about us.”

Although the neighbors of Israel were witnesses to the abuse and scorn they received they never came to their aid nor did they sympathize with them. The record shows that they treated them harshly and acted as did the heathens. Were all of the neighbors heathens? Were there some people that rejected idols that were not a part of Israel?


79: 5: “How long, Lord? wilt thou be angry for ever? shall thy jealousy burn like fire?

We serve a jealous God. This is same God that David served. David prayed for divine intervention regarding the plight of his people. They had not totally accepted idol worship but had been negligent in their responsibilities to God.


Meanwhile David did not deny the guilt of his people. However he believed that the other nations should experience the might of God’s wrath because they did not recognize the Lord.  He also asked for mercy for future generations in times of distress.


Psalms 79: 9: Help us, O God of our salvation, for the glory of thy name: and deliver us, and purge away our sins, for thy name’s sake.”

David continued to petition the Lord in prayer. He also once again did not deny any guilt regarding the Israelites but pleaded for mercy. The name of the Lord was on their lips thus they knew as did David that the Lord is our shepherd and we are His sheep. Thus calling out the name of the Lord takes on special significance for the saints of God.


Also see Psalms 106:6; here we find a plea and song for national repentance as they had been a sinful nation. We also refer you to Psalms 142: 6: “Attend unto my cry; for I am brought very low, deliver me from my persecutors; for they are stronger than I.”

This is a prayer of David when he was in the cave.  When you have made and assessment of your strengths and weaknesses you are in a better position to petition God. We have little power in the flesh however God offers His divine intervention. (See a similar statement by Paul at II Corinthians 12: 10).  Also see Isaiah 25: 9 where the prophet renders praises to the Lord. Stay in the Book of Isaiah and turn over to 64:9 for another cross reference.


We will conclude our discussion with the 11th verse and the last verse which is verse 13.


Psalms 79: 11, 13: “Let the signing of the prisoner come before thee; according to the greatness of thy power preserve thou those that are appointed to die;”

David pleads in prayer for those among his brethren that were held as virtual prisoners by those that opposed God and His people.  He pleads for their rescue.  All neighbors are not friendly thus were the neighbors of the Israelites. They not only sought to harm the Israelites but also damaged the land.


“So we thy people and sheep of thy pasture will give thee thanks for ever; we will shew forth thy praise to all generations.

Sheep invokes a manner of dependence. Sheep are creatures that require food and protection by the shepherd or master. Most sheep also respond kindly to affection that is rendered to them by their master. Here we see the reference to the Lord’s sheep showing love and appreciation from henceforth and for ever to Him that can keep us from falling.


Cont. Part 57: Psalms 80: Can We Still Hear David Praying For Mercy & Restoration


Peace and Paradise,

Dr. Carl A. Patton writing for the FreedomJournal Press 21 February 2010 in the year of our Lord and Savior Christ Jesus.




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