Ruined But

Harry Buis

READ : Psalm 74:1-11

The historical background of this Psalm is most probably the destruction of Jerusalem by the Babylonians. Life has fallen apart. The Psalmist pleads for God’s help.

Sometimes life falls apart for us. We have a dread disease as I have now. Or our loved ones are unfaithful, which is worse. In my present need that is not so. How good it is that I have a wonderful wife standing by me.

The Psalmist knows where to turn in such a situation. He prays to his God. He reminds God of who the people are. “Remember the people you purchased of old.” We can make a similar case in prayer for we have been purchased by the precious blood of Jesus Christ.

The Psalmist talks to God about the present tragedy: the sanctuary is burned (v. 7); there are no prophets. He expresses the common cry of God’s people, “How long?” This very expression indicates that he knows that sooner or later deliverance will come. So with you, friend, whatever your present heartache “this too shall pass.” No matter how difficult the present, the future is as bright as the promises of God. God will heal, if not in this life, certainly he will in the perfect world that awaits us because we have been redeemed by Christ.


Father, our lives are in your hands. There is no better place to be. Have mercy upon us for Jesus’ sake. Amen.