THE POWER AND MIRACLE OF PRAYER
Psalms of Prayer & Praise
Part 61: Psalms 74: We Pray For Help To Remember What God Has Promised
In the name of God Master, of the Universe, Ruler of the earth
Editors Note: As we exist this day as we came from yesterday looking and leaning on Jesus and tomorrow. Beloved we pray for His mercy. We also pray for a right heart that instructs the mind and moves each and every limb to remember His promises. We may not have it in our time but our time is His time. Thus, we are grateful for the prize that is won by the righteous not by those that wallow in conceit lifting up self, dirty money and man. Lift up Jesus and I lift Him up.
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.
We are grateful for the great precedents in the Bible. Therefore we continue a prayer of faith and patience as we wait, watch and see what God has done and is doing in our lives. Thus we come with a grateful and repentant heart as we approach the throne of grace. Thank you Lord. At the 74th Psalms written by David or Asaph or one of his descendants we see the request by the writer for God to remember His covenant. Let not the hearts of the believers be troubled when we plea to the Lord He hears our cry. There are 23 verses at this place we will begin with verse 1 and the move forward to verse 10.
O GOD, why hast thou cast us off for ever? Why doth thine anger smoke against the sheep of thy pasture?”
This is a plea by David to God for relief and help regarding the great anxiety that the enemies of God’s people had placed upon them. (Also see Deuteronomy 29: 20. There are 29 verses here and Moses tells the people to honor the contract they had previously made with God. Here we find that the covenant is based on the power of God. We also refer you back to Psalms 44: 9 this was the first verse discussed in our previous discussion. Review this verse in light of our primary verse noted at Psalms 74: 1). We will also note an additional cross reference taken from:
Psalms 89: 46: “How long, Lord? Wilt thou hide thy self for ever? Shall thy wrath burn like fire?
The theme of this Psalms of 52 verses is “claiming Gods promises in affliction.” We bear witness that the promises of Almighty God are fulfilled in Christ Jesus who grants the saved eternal life. Here David appeals for mercy. He also does not complain that the people of God had been punished unjustly however he pleads for a lessening of the trials they faced. Rest assured brethren as we liveth today that God knows what is best for us Trust in Him and be blessed.
Psalms 74: 10-11: “O God, how long shall the adversary reproach? Shall the enemy blaspheme thy name for ever?
74: 11: “Why with drawest thou thy hand, even thy right hand? pluck it out of thy bosom.” (Also see Lamentation 2: 3 where we see the writer revealing that God is angry regarding the sin of the people).
David continues to plea for God’s help. Will all the brethren continue to render earnest prayers for God’s help as we make this sojourn? Those that don’t need God are lost and will be found.
As an additional cross reference to this verse we now turn to Psalms 59 and verse 13: “Consume them in wrath, consume them that they may not be: and let them know that God ruleth in Jacob unto the ends of the earth.”
At this place the word consume means to destroy. But David wanted God to rise up against his enemies. Thus, he wished that the vengeance of the Lord would destroy all of their plans to plot and wage war against God’s people.
Follow us now back to our primary scripture at Psalms 74 and the 12th verse.
Psalms 74: 12: “For God is my King of old, working salvation in the midst of the earth.”
David got a grip and instead of complaining noted that God had previously done great things for the people of the earth. We also note that as we look to Jesus we know that God has a future of Peace and Paradise planned for the righteous. (Once again return to our previous discussion Part I: Psalms 44 and verse 4 where we find similar scripture. “Thou art my King, O God: command deliverance for Jacob.)”
Psalms 74: 16-17: “The day is thine the night also is thine; thou hast prepared the light and the sun.”
Brethren we are grateful that Almighty God has complete jurisdiction over day and night. Just think what would be the plight of the poor the wretched of the earth if man surely controlled the elements? Do you recall when we noted as we are inspired that…”Where does the darkness go when we turn on a light?” Well here we find light noted in its place and so is the sun. Light is named first and then the sun. This agrees with Genesis 1 and verses 3, 14-18. Meanwhile darkness goes nowhere. Did darkness exist before there was Light?
For an additional word look to the 136th Division of Psalms and verses 7 and 8. Here we see God’s mercy endures forever. Psalms 136: 7-8: “To him that made great lights: for his mercy endureth for ever:”
“The sun to rule by day; for his mercy endureth for ever:”
74: 17: “Thou hast set all the borders of the earth: thou hast made summer and winter.” (Also see the New Testament and Acts 17: 26).
God has made all of the arrangements the seasons that are followed upon the earth. Look now to a powerful scripture at Genesis that confirms the message noted here in Psalms.
Genesis 8: 22: “While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.”
Thus, as long as the earth stands the seasons will be distinct and will not change. The time to plant and to reap and the harvest will also always be with us. However, there will be famines and floods and the wind will roar and the sky will cry out in anger but if one listens he will hear joy. Is this message of joy in the clouds after the Rainbow and when the thunder and lightning comes only for the righteous?
Now for our final scripture for this discussion. However, we advise you to read and study all 23 verses.
Psalms 74: 19: “O deliver not the soul of thy turtledove unto the multitude of the wicked: forget not the congregation of thy poor for ever.”
Here the writer refers to the nation of Israel as a turtledove. As David pleaded for the people of God we see him cry out as we also cry out for God’s people. David especially pleaded for the poor so does the FreedomJournal as the poor are often without the resources or know how to petition for their rights. We live as we see it in a world that has placed all trust in material things. Therefore those considered without these resources are often trampled on. We declare that although we have little gold or silver God has inspired us to look out upon this earth and record what he would have us to see for His people. Thus the materials and resources to do this come from God and He has DEEP pockets.
Meanwhile we see that David notes that the conditions of destitution of many of the people aroused the interest of the enemies of God to oppress them. However, we pray an earnest and sincere prayer to God for His help as He has promised us a victory over our enemies and death.
Peace and Paradise,
Dr. Carl A. Patton writing for the FreedomJournal Press 28 March 2010 in the year of our Lord and Savior Christ Jesus.
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