“O God, why hast Thou cast off for ever? Doth Thine anger smoke against the sheep of Thy pasture?
Remember Thy congregation, Thou hast purchased of old; the rod of Thine inheritance, Thou hast redeemed; this mount Zion, wherein Thou hast dwelt.
Lift up Thy feet unto the perpetual desolations; all the enemy hath done wickedly in the sanctuary. Thine enemies roar in the midst of Thy congregations; they set up their ensigns for signs; was famous according as he had lifted up axes upon the thick trees. But now they break down the carved work thereof at once with axes and hammers. They have cast fire into Thy sanctuary, they have defiled the dwelling place of Thy name to the ground. They said in their hearts, ‘Let us destroy them together’; they have burned up all the synagogues of God in the land.
We see not our signs: there is no more any prophet: neither is there among us any that knoweth how long. O God, how long shall the adversary reproach? Shall the enemy blaspheme Thy name for ever? Why withdrawest Thou Thy hand, even Thy right hand? Pluck it out of Thy bosom.
For God is my King of old, working salvation in the midst of the earth.” Psalm 74:1-12
REFERENCES: 44:4, 9; 77:16; 59:13; Isaiah 61:4; Lamentations 2:3, 7; Numbers 2:2; 1 Kings 6:18, 29, 32, 35; 1 Samuel 3:1; Exodus 7:5; Titus 2:14; Matthew 22:7