See how these enemies insult you, Lord! A foolish nation has dishonored your name. Don't let these wild beasts destroy your turtledoves. Don't forget your suffering people forever. Remember your covenant promises, for the land is full of darkness and violence! Don't let the downtrodden be humiliated again. Instead, let the poor and needy praise your name. Arise, O God, and defend your cause. Remember how these fools insult you all day long. Don't overlook what your enemies have said or their growing uproar. Psalm 74: 18-23 NLT
Don't let the wild beasts destroy your turtledoves. Not a coincidental animal to mention, those turtledoves. Turtledoves were used in the temple as a sacrifice for those who could not afford the larger sheep or goat. In other words, the psalmist is asking God's protection for those who are poor and faithful. That is why he goes on to ask for protection for the downtrodden so that the poor and needy could praise God's name.
In the time of the Babylonian exile, the wealthiest and most influential persons were removed from Jerusalem first. Then came a second time of exile and those persons who might have some leadership capability were also removed. That left the poorest of the poor. And even the ability to be faithful to God through temple worship was being taken away from them. The psalmist was pleading with God because it seemed even the basic needs of the neediest were being removed.
God, help me to remain faithful to you even when it seems like the world is trying to smash our relationship and destroy our life together. May I continue to praise your name. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Copyright 2012 Amelia G. Sims