FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 14
Once saved, always saved.
THE PERSECUTED CHURCH CRIES OUT
Who are Israel’s enemies who have attacked God’s House with axe and hammer, and even “cast fire” into His sanctuary? Whether the Psalmist refers to the Assyrian King Sennacherib or to the Maccabean wars, it is hard to judge. When God’s House is destroyed, so are the prophets dispersed, and there is no one to guide the flock. But there is a deadlier and subtler attack when God’s House is eaten away as by termites with the introduction of damnable doctrines and heresies into the Church.
What a picture of the Church under fire in every age of war and oppression! This Psalm would reflect the sufferings of the Jews under Hitler’s genocide. The Church in China, especially during Mao’s regime, could identify herself with the description in this Psalm. But this Psalm does not merely record the brutalities of God’s enemies. It is penned to lead the oppressed in crying out to God for judgment. Until judgment is pronounced on the oppressor, the souls of the martyrs in heaven cannot rest from crying, “How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?” (Rev 6:10).
The Psalmist directs us to meditate on His omnipotence and omnipresence. He who is the Creator is also the Governor of the whole creation. He had worked miracles to save Israel, eg. the drying up of River Jordan. Indeed, He is the God who had covenanted with Israel’s forefathers to save them. And His covenant name is Jehovah or LORD. (Notice the word LORD is spelt with four capital letters.) He is now being reminded to “plead thine own cause” (Ps 74:22). Will He save us? Yes, indeed. “For God is my King of old, working salvation in the midst of the earth” (Ps 74:12).
Should calamity suddenly overtake us through political upheavals, religious persecutions, racial strifes, the Church, though buffeted and shaken, can rest assured that God is on the throne, He is working out His own purposes to His only glory. He will save us to the end. Amen.
THOUGHT: “They have cast fire into thy sanctuary …” (Ps 74:7)
PRAYER: (Use Psalm 74:10.)