Psalm 74 Bible Study

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Psalm 74 Outline

 

– The psalmist asked God why he has abandoned the people of Israel (Psalm 74:1-3)

– The psalmist described the enemies, like lions, came roaring in the temple (Psalm 74:4-9)

– The psalmist questioned how long will Jerusalem be in desolation (Psalm 74:10-11)

– The psalmist described God as a powerful creator (Psalm 74:12-17)

– The psalmist begged God to remember the covenant he made with the Israelites (Psalm 74:18-21)

– The psalmist begged God to rise up and fight for the cause of the Israelites (Psalm 74:22-23)

 

 

Psalm 74 Summary

 

In Psalm 74:1-3, the psalmist asked God why he has abandoned the people of Israel, the people of his covenant, the first nation which God chose to be his people. King Solomon of Israel built a temple for God on Mount Zion, Jerusalem. The psalmist pleaded God to save Israel from the ruins which the enemy armies had brought on them.

 

In Psalm 74:4-9, the psalmist described the enemies, like lions, came roaring in the temple of God in Jerusalem, and destroyed all the carved paneling with their axes, and burnt it down. The enemies burnt every place where the people assembled to worship God. But God did not give the Israelites any miraculous sign. No prophet is left in the land and they don’t know how long Jerusalem will continue to be in desolation.

 

In Psalm 74:10-11, the psalmist questioned how long will Jerusalem continue to be in desolation so that the enemies keep mocking God and revile his name. The psalmist prayed for God not to withhold punishment from his right hand of righteousness.

 

In Psalm 74:12-17, the psalmist described God as a powerful creator. He described God as the one who bring salvation to the people on earth; God was the one who created different seas around the globe; God is the one who crushed the sea monster Leviathan and gave him as food to the desert animals; God was the one who created springs and streams and dried up flowing rivers; God is the one who created the day, night, sun and moon; God was the one who set the boundaries of the earth; and God was the one who made both summer and winter.

 

In Psalm 74:18-21, the psalmist begged God to remember the covenant he made with the Israelites and restore Jerusalem so that the enemies can no longer mock God and revile his name. The psalmist pleaded God to save the Israelites who were afflicted by the war and save them from he enemies so that they can praise his name.

 

In Psalm 74:22-23, the psalmist begged God to rise up and fight for the cause of the Israelites who were oppressed by the enemies.

 

 

Psalm 74 Bible Study

 

1. God is faithful in keeping his promises

When the psalmist prayed, he remembered God about the promises he made to the Israelites in the old covenant. We must always stand on God’s promises when praying. When you pray, you can include some bible verses which contain God’s promises to give God a reason to answer your prayer. In 2 Corinthians 1:20, for all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us. In Romans 15:8, now I say that Jesus Christ was a minister of the circumcision for the truth of God, to confirm the promises made unto the fathers: In Numbers 23:19, God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good? In 2 Timothy 2:13, God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?

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