Psalm 79 is a cry to God for his mercy, protection, and vengeance.
It is very similar to Psalm 74. “This Psalm, like the seventy-fourth, probably depicts the desolations of the Chaldeans (Jer 52:12-24). It comprises the usual complaint, prayer, and promised thanks for relief” (A. R. Fausset).
The psalmist is asking God to step in on the behalf of the Israelites. They are desperate for God’s mercy and asking him to forget their sinfulness and to have compassion. They are dying, and they are in desperate need of God’s intervention.
Cry of Desperation
“Do not remember against us our former iniquities; let your compassion come speedily to meet us, for we are brought very low.”Psalm 79:8
Have you ever cried out to God in this desperate way? Like, “God, please forgive me for the decisions I’ve made and my sinfulness. God, please help me!” I know I have, and I am so thankful for God’s compassion on me despite my brokenness. He hears and he answers. Sometimes not in the way we expect or when we expect it, but he acts in his perfect way and timing.
“But we your people, the sheep of your pasture, will give thanks to you forever; from generation to generation we will recount your praise.”Psalm 79:13
When God answers our cries, it is easy to just move on and forget to thank God and give him the praise he deserves. My challenge to myself and to you is to intentionally give thanks to God for the big and small ways that he has answered your prayers.