Taunts and Thanks

Psalm 79 laments the capture and spoiling of Jerusalem, and Asaph highlights what it means for worship: the house of God is polluted, no longer fit for praise, and the worshipers have been offered to the vultures instead of offerings themselves to God. Asaph connects their suffering with their sins, and applies the remedy of repentance. He spurs God to action by reminding Him that His glory is found in delivering His people and atoning for their sins. When God saves His own, the taunts of His enemies will be replaced by the thanksgiving of His people. As you come to worship today, imitate Asaph: lament wickedness, repent of your sins, and move on to thanking God forever!

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