The Psalmist’s prayer was based on Israel’s covenant relationship with the God of the universe. He is suffering personally because of the attacks of the enemy, the same attacks Israel is experiencing even until today from the nations (and churches) of the world. But he also is confident that there will come a day, based on God’s covenant promises, that He will favor and bless Israel.
My enemies reproach me all day long; those who deride me swear an oath against me.
For I have eaten ashes like bread, and mingled my drink with weeping,
Because of Your indignation and Your wrath; for You have lifted me up and cast me away.
My days are like a shadow that lengthens, and I wither away like grass.
But You, O Lord, shall endure forever, and the remembrance of Your name to all generations.
You will arise and have mercy on Zion; for the time to favor her, yes, the set time, has come.
The Hebrew word translated, as “mercy” is רָחַם racham that means, “having a deep compassion for.” Because it also refers to the womb it gives the sense of a mother’s gut love for her children.
The word translated as “favor” is חָנַן chanan whose meanings include: “have pity,” “gracious.” It’s the same word to describe the king’s feelings for Esther.
PROCLAIM THAT GOD’S APPOINTED TIME TO SHOW MERCY AND FAVOR TO ISRAEL HAS COME!
[Our pictures this week are from Tel Be’er Sheva. For more information see the article: ]https://lunchtimeprayer.com/tel-beer-sheva/