For Robert Geiss' weekly PsalmChallenge, here is Psalm 79.
The intense feeling of this psalmist most likely comes in reaction to the destruction of the First Temple in 586 BCE.
He speaks of violence and calls for vengeance.
Today is Armistice Day / Veterans Day in the world.
Since biblical days and before, the need for soldiers and armistices continues.
Meanwhile, in the last 24 hours terrorists in Gaza have fired over 100 rockets, mortars, and missiles into Israel.
Will it ever end?
O God! Nations have come into Your estate, defiled Your holy Temple, reduced Jerusalem to rubble!
2. They have given Your servants’ corpses to the fowl of the heavens for consumption and the flesh of Your faithful to the wild beasts of earth.
3. They have spilled out their blood like water around Jerusalem. No one was buried.
4. We have become a disgrace to our neighbors, a scorn and derision to those around us.
5. How long, O LORD will You be angry, forever will Your zeal blaze like fire?
6. Spill forth Your rage on the nations that do not know You, on the kingdoms that do not call upon Your name,
7. for they have consumed Jacob and laid waste his habitation.
8. Do not recall to us our former iniquities; speedily may Your compassion come toward us, for we are very low.
9. Help us, O God of our salvation, because of the glory of Your name; save us and grant forgiveness for our sins, for the sake of Your name.
10. Why should nations say, “Where is their god?” Before our eyes let the vengeance for the spilt blood of Your servants be known among the nations.
11. May the prisoner’s groan come before You; as befits the might of Your arm, reprieve those about to be put to death.
12. Return sevenfold to the bosom of our neighbors the disgrace which they heaped on You, O Lord.