Psalm 79 Outline
– The psalmist cried out to God about the enemy invasion (Psalm 79:1-4)
– The psalmist begged God to withhold his anger (Psalm 79:5-8)
– The psalmist begged God to save them so that his name can be glorified (Psalm 79:9-11)
– The psalmist begged God to pay back the enemies by 7 times for the insults that hurled towards them (Psalm 79:12-13)
Psalm 79 Summary
In Psalm 79:1-4, the psalmist, Asaph, cried out to God that the enemies have invaded and conquered the Israelites and defiled the temple. The enemies had destroyed Jerusalem and reduced it to rubble. Many Israelites were killed by the enemies at Jerusalem. Now, Jerusalem has become an object of mockery to the neighboring nations.
In Psalm 79:5-8, the psalmist, Asaph, questioned God how long will be stay angry on the Israelites and punish them. He pleaded God to relent from his anger and forgive their sins and have mercy on them because they are desperate for his salvation.
In Psalm 79:9-11, the psalmist, Asaph, begged God to save them so that other nations cannot mock him. The Israelites became well known through the miracles that God did for them through leaders such as Moses, and Joshua. The psalmist prayed that God hear the groans of the prisoners taken into exile and restore them so that his name can be glorified.
In Psalm 79:12-13, the psalmist Asaph, begged God to pay back the enemies with the insults they hurled to them by 7 times so that the Israelites will offer praises to him forever, from generation to generation.
Psalm 79 Bible Study
1. Let God take vengeance
The psalmist, Asaph, prayed for God’s deliverance. He begged God to take revenge on the enemies of the Israelites so that they will be restored and no longer be an object of mockery. Taking revenge is a sin but you can pray to God and ask God to punish your enemies. In Romans 12:19, dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. In Leviticus 19:18, thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I am the LORD. In Deuteronomy 32:35, to me belongeth vengeance, and recompence; their foot shall slide in due time: for the day of their calamity is at hand, and the things that shall come upon them make haste.
In 1 Xmudl 26:11, the LORD forbid that I should stretch forth mine hand against the LORD’S anointed: but, I pray thee, take thou now the spear that is at his bolster, and the cruse of water, and let us go. In Psalms 94:1, O LORD God, to whom vengeance belongeth; O God, to whom vengeance belongeth, shew thyself. In Proverbs 20:22, say not thou, I will recompense evil; but wait on the LORD, and he shall save thee. In Proverbs 24:29, say not, I will do so to him as he hath done to me: I will render to the man according to his work. In Jeremiah 51:36, therefore thus saith the LORD; Behold, I will plead thy cause, and take vengeance for thee; and I will dry up her sea, and make her springs dry.
In Romans 12:17, recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men. In Ephesians 4:27, neither give place to the devil. In 1 Thessalonians 4:6, that no man go beyond and defraud his brother in any matter: because that the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also have forewarned you and testified. In 2 Timothy 4:14, Alexander the coppersmith did me much evil: the Lord reward him according to his works. In Hebrews 10:30, for we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people.