Psalm 79 (Listen)

79:1   O God, the nations have come into your inheritance;
    they have defiled your holy temple;
    they have laid Jerusalem in ruins.
  They have given the bodies of your servants
    to the birds of the heavens for food,
    the flesh of your faithful to the beasts of the earth.
  They have poured out their blood like water
    all around Jerusalem,
    and there was no one to bury them.
  We have become a taunt to our neighbors,
    mocked and derided by those around us.
  How long, O LORD? Will you be angry forever?
    Will your jealousy burn like fire?
  Pour out your anger on the nations
    that do not know you,
  and on the kingdoms
    that do not call upon your name!
  For they have devoured Jacob
    and laid waste his habitation.
  Do not remember against us our former iniquities;
    let your compassion come speedily to meet us,
    for we are brought very low.
  Help us, O God of our salvation,
    for the glory of your name;
  deliver us, and atone for our sins,
    for your name’s sake!
10   Why should the nations say,
    “Where is their God?”
  Let the avenging of the outpoured blood of your servants
    be known among the nations before our eyes!
11   Let the groans of the prisoners come before you;
    according to your great power, preserve those doomed to die!
12   Return sevenfold into the lap of our neighbors
    the taunts with which they have taunted you, O Lord!
13   But we your people, the sheep of your pasture,
    will give thanks to you forever;
    from generation to generation we will recount your praise.


Do not hold past iniquities against us; let your compassion come to us quickly, for we have become very weak. (Psalm 79:8)

Every day we sin and fall short of the glory of God, but we have assurance from Him that if we confess our sin, He forgives and remembers it no more. Because of this promise, we should not be fearful of confessing our sins before God but rather do so with confidence and hope. Confession should be a regular practice of our prayer life because of how often we sin. Do you have a practice of confession in your prayer life? As we practice daily confession, we will experience His compassion meeting us right where we are, even when we are feeling low. What a gift His forgiveness is!

Pray It: Father, I come before you as one who has sinned against you in my words, thoughts and deeds, in what I have done and what I have left undone. As I confess and repent of these sins, I cling to your promise of forgiveness through the blood of my Savior Jesus Christ and praise you for compassion. Amen.

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