The Prayer of Aspah

//The Prayer of Aspah

Sunday, June 5

Many are the hardships of the righteous one, but Jehovah rescues him from them all.Ps. 34:19.

Because we know that our loving God is always ready to help those who are faithful to him, we feel secure as part of ‘the flock of his pasture.’  Moreover, God’s love for us will be evident in what he will accomplish in our behalf through the Messianic Kingdom. After his chosen King, Jesus Christ, rids the earth of violence, oppression, and wickedness, obedient mankind will be blessed with lasting peace and prosperity.  Right now, however, Jehovah has favored us with the priceless privilege of serving as his Witnesses. We love God for granting us this opportunity to support his sovereignty and to bring true hope to people in this troubled world. Moreover, we can speak with faith and conviction because we are declaring good news based on the Word of the true God, whose hope-inspiring promises never fail.

COMMENTARY

The first sentence cites Psalms 79:13 and Asaph’s reference to “the flock of his pasture.” The entire Psalm though is quiet extraordinary in its implications.

The Psalm was evidently composed after Babylon wrecked Jerusalem —devastating God’s flock. That is why verses one thru four state: “O God, the nations have invaded your inheritance; They have defiled your holy temple; They have turned Jerusalem into a heap of ruins. They have given the dead bodies of your servants as food to the birds of the heavens and the flesh of your loyal ones to the wild beasts of the earth. They have poured out their blood like water around Jerusalem, and no one is left to bury them. We have become an object of reproach to our neighbors; those around us ridicule and jeer us.”

The desolation of Jerusalem and the subsequent repurchase of God’s inheritance and their restoration to Jehovah’s favor is the subject matter of virtually all of the Hebrew prophecies, with the exception of the book of Jonah. The desolation of the holy place is also the central feature of Jesus’ prophecy of the conclusion of the system. Appropriately, the theme of the book of the unveiling —Revelation —concerns the judgments of God that begin with the seven symbolic congregations of Christ that ultimately results in the nations trampling the holy city underfoot for 42 months.

Being within the flock of God provides protection only as long as God allows. But as the 79th Psalm indicates it does not shield one from God anger. That is why the Psalmist wrote: “How long, O Jehovah, will you be furious? Forever? How long will your indignation burn just like fire? Pour out your wrath on the nations that do not know you and on the kingdoms that do not call on your name. For they have devoured Jacob and have desolated his homeland. Do not hold us accountable for the errors of our ancestors. Quickly show us your mercy, for we have been brought very low. Help us, O God of our salvation, for the sake of your glorious name; rescue us and forgive our sins for the sake of your name.”

If we are to fully support Jehovah’s sovereignty, as the daily text says that Jehovah’s Witnesses do, that means we must accept all of God’s judgments —even his punishment. Please note that Asaph was not praying for forgiveness merely for his personal shortcomings. He used the plural pronouns “us” and “we.” In other words, Jehovah’s earthly organization was in desperate need of God’s mercy. The nation had brought reproach on Jehovah and it resulted in provoking God’s fury.

We  now stand on the brink of the ultimate expression of the anger of God. Be assured Jehovah’s Witnesses will not be casual bystanders to it. Not at all. Judgment begins first with the house of God.

As in the first century the shepherd will be struck and the sheep will be scattered. Only in the aftermath of God’s wrath will Christians be gathered into the Kingdom. Then God judges the nations. That is what the concluding verses of the 79th Psalm speak to. “Repay our neighbors sevenfold for the taunts they have leveled at you, O Jehovah. Then we, your people and the flock of your pasture, will give thanks to you forever; and we will declare your praise from generation to generation.”

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2017-03-18T10:40:41+00:00 June 5th, 2016|Commentary|4 Comments
  • Revv_zone@gmail.com Please8834

    It’s amazing that there are so many men throughout bible who asked for forgiveness for themselves and the people, but you never hear a prayer from the Governing asking for forgiveness for the lies they taught over the yrs and those they continue to teach..instead they play it off as “In the past this is what we believed” Instead of saying they were wrong and sorry for misleading everyone and causing some to die and some to leave the so called spiritual paradice..They don’t even ask us to pray for the Governing body…I guess they’re above all that…

    • Song of Hannah

      How true!

    • Bklyn Kevin

      Israel of old had that same haughty attitude and that’s one of the reasons Jehovah allowed the king of Babylon to hold them captive for 70 years
      Jeremiah 25:11
      And all this land will be reduced to ruins and will become an object of horror, and these nations will have to serve the king of Babylon for 70 years.”’

      Jeremiah 25:
      20 He carried off captive to Babylon those who escaped the sword, and they became servants to him and his sons until the kingdom of Persia began to reign,

      21 to fulfill Jehovah’s word spoken by Jeremiah, until the land had paid off its sabbaths. All the days it lay desolate it kept sabbath, to fulfill 70 years.
      2 Chronicles 36:
      However Daniel unlike the governing body of the watchtower tract society prayed earnestly for forgiveness not just for himself but also for the people.

      Daniel, discerned by the books the number of years mentioned in the word of Jehovah to Jeremiah the prophet to fulfill the desolation of Jerusalem, namely, 70 years.

      3 So I turned my face to Jehovah the true God, entreating him in prayer, along with fasting and sackcloth and ashes.

      4 I prayed to Jehovah my God and made confession and said:“ O Jehovah the true God, the great and awe-inspiring One, who keeps his covenant and shows loyal love to those who love him and keep his commandments,
      5 we have sinned and done wrong and acted wickedly and rebelled; and we have deviated from your commandments and your judgments.
      6 We have not listened to your servants the prophets, who spoke in your name to our kings, our princes, our forefathers, and all the people of the land

      11 All Israel has overstepped your Law and turned away by not obeying your voice, so that you poured out on us the curse and the sworn oath written about in the Law of Moses the servant of the true God, for we https://www.jw.org/en/publications/bible/nwt/books/daniel/9/#v27009004have sinned against Him.

      Daniel 9: Read more>

      • Beverly kenyon

        Jehovah’s people suffered the consequences for bringing reproach on his Glorious Name as Asaph wrote back then, his discription of what happened is graphic and horrendous……blood poured out like water, bodies left unburied and then insult to injury, their neighbours ridiculing and jeering at them at their fall! The situation was so bad he asked, how long? Forever? Then pleaded for help for the sake of Jehovah’s glorious name. Soon, when God’s people are in similar situation with their neighbours insulting and abusing them, then afterwards comes reconciliation back to God, they can rightly pray, like Asaph to ask Jehovah to repay their neighbours 7 times the insults that they levelled at Jehovah’s name.

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