“O remember not against us former iniquities: let Thy tender mercies speedily prevent us: for we are brought very low. Help us, O God of our salvation, for the glory of Thy name: and deliver us, and purge away our sins, for Thy name’s sake.

Wherefore should the heathen say, ‘Where is their God?’ Let him be known among the heathen in our sight by the revenging of the blood of Thy servants which is shed. Let the sighing of the prisoner come before Thee; according to the greatness of Thy power preserve Thou those that are appointed to die; and render unto our neighbours sevenfold into their bosom their reproach, wherewith they have reproached Thee, O Lord.

So we Thy people and sheep of Thy pasture will give Thee thanks for ever: we will shew forth Thy praise to all generations.”  Psalm 79:8-13  (KJB)

The following is on verse 8 from the TREASURY OF DAVID by C. H. Spurgeon, and is quite fitting for 2018;

““O remember not against us former iniquities.” Sins accumulate against nations. Generations lay up stores of transgressions to be visited upon their successors; hence this urgent prayer. In Josiah’s days the most earnest repentance was not able to avert the doom which former long years of idolatry had sealed against Judah. Every man has reason to ask for an act of oblivion for his past sins, and every nation should make this a continual prayer. “Let thy tender mercies speedily prevent us: for we are brought very low.” Hasten to our rescue, for our nation Is hurrying down to destruction; our numbers are diminished and our condition is deplorable. Observe how penitent sorrow seizes upon the sweeter attributes, and draws her pleas from the “tender mercies” of God; see, too, how she pleads her own distress, and not her goodness, as a motive for the display of mercy. Let souls who are brought very low find an argument in their abject condition. What can so powerfully appeal to pity as dire affliction? The quaint prayer-book version is touchingly expressive: “O remember not our old sins, but have mercy upon us, and that soon; for we are come to great misery.” This supplication befits a sinner’s life. We have known seasons when this would have been as good a prayer for our burdened heart as any that human mind could compose.” TREASURY OF DAVID

Let us pray the prayer of Asaph who had a burden for his nation, and God’s people. O, may the Christian of 2018 draw near to Christ Jesus, love Him with all the heart, all the soul, all the mind, and with all the strength; then we will love one another as God gives us commandment.

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