Psalm for Prayer - September 17, 2018

Psalm 79:1–9 (ESV)

1 O God, the nations have come into your inheritance; they have defiled your holy temple; they have laid Jerusalem in ruins. 

2 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. 

3 They have poured out their blood like water all around Jerusalem, and there was no one to bury them. 

4 We have become a taunt to our neighbors, mocked and derided by those around us. 

5 How long, O Lord? Will you be angry forever? Will your jealousy burn like fire? 

6 Pour out your anger on the nations that do not know you, and on the kingdoms that do not call upon your name! 

7 For they have devoured Jacob and laid waste his habitation. 

8 Do not remember against us our former iniquities; let your compassion come speedily to meet us, for we are brought very low. 

9 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!