Psalm 74 - Prayer for the Liberation of the People

    [New International Version] Psalm 74 belongs to Book III of the Book of Psalms. This prayer calls for God's protection to his people, reaffirming the faith and certainty that He governs everything...

    The PS 74 belong to Book III of the Book of PS composed of a collection of texts 150 arranged by 5 poetry books. The Book of Psalms, for its wisdom and basic principles of human action , is considered the heart of the Old Testament. Book III encompasses Psalms 73 to 89 . The PS 74 is divided into 23 verses. The Psalms are poems-prayers addressed to God, being the privileged way to address and speak to Him. These prayers represent human experiences and religious conscience . They portray the common man , with his faults, insecurities, fears and hopes and, even today, we can identify with the Psalmist and draw inspiration from these texts to pray and plead with God when we feel lost and anguished or to express our gratitude for any blessing received. "There are enemies or friends, there is life or death, health or illness, pain or joy and, most of the time, there are no changes or gradations. Words are like stones and poetry like boulders carved by chisel"; "The Psalms are a bit like mountain paths, simple, especially when walking on snow, but they lead to the peaks; they are paths toward the peaks of meeting the Lord." - Carlo Maria Martini, Cardinal of Milan

    Psalm 74 - Prayer for the Liberation of the People

    1  Poem. Of Asaf. O God, why have you rejected us forever? Why is your anger kindled against the flock of which you are shepherd? 2  Remember your community, which you acquired long ago, the tribe which you redeemed for your inheritance, from Mount Zion, where you have your dwelling place. 3  Direct your steps towards these endless ruins; the enemy destroyed everything in the sanctuary. 4  Your adversaries have roared in the midst of your assemblies, their banners have hoisted there as an emblem. 5  They attacked the upper entrance and destroyed the timbers with an ax blow. 6 They  knocked down all its doors with hammer and hammer blows. 7  They have set fire to your sanctuary, have broken down and defiled the abode of your name. 8  They said in their hearts, "Let us destroy them all!" and they set fire to all the assemblies of God in the country. 9  We no longer see our signs, nor are there any more prophets, and no one among us knows how long. 10  How long, O God, will the enemy revile us? Can the opponent despise your name forever? 11  Why do you withdraw your hand and hide your right hand in your breast? 12  God has been my king from ancient times; it is He who achieves victories in the middle of the country. 13  You divided the sea with your power, broke the heads of the sea monsters. 14 You  broke Leviathan's heads and fed him to the monsters of the sea. 15  You made springs and torrents to flow, and you made rivers with an everlasting flow dry up. 16  The day is yours, and yours is the night also; You established the moon and the sun. 17  You have fixed all the borders of the earth; summer and winter You formed them. 18  Remember, O LORD, that the enemy has insulted you, and a foolish people has despised your name. 19  Do not give the life of your dove to the vultures; do not forget the lives of your poor forever. 20  Look after your alliance, for the corners of the country are full of violence. 21  May the humble not return ashamed; that the poor and the needy may praise your name. 22  Arise, O God, defend your cause, and remember the offenses that fools do to you all day long. 23  Do not forget the cries of your enemies, the ever-increasing turmoil of your adversaries.

    Meaning and interpretation

    The Psalm 74 is a collective prayer of supplication , which laments one offense of some enemies against the sanctuary of the Lord . It recalls the wonders that God performed at the time of leaving Egypt and entering the land of Canaan, as a perennial reason for trust. The Psalms of Supplication are very present in the Book of Psalms. They speak of human frailty and the most basic feelings of your mortal condition. Times of peace and plenty contrast with war and individual or community destruction. The Psalmist pleads for God's help and asks him to end his situation of affliction , ending with the certainty of having been heard . In spiritual practice, the supplication and request to God reflects a lot the meaning of prayer, being the privileged way to establish contact and raise the voice to the Divine. In numerous Psalms, supplication seems to be the most immediate motivation and the greatest concern. When turning to God, the speaker / Psalmist finds tenderness, justice, compassion, reconciliation, purification, in short, peace itself. The narratives and feelings involved in these prayers are varied and basic; affect humanity over the millennia, and are still current today. They reflect multiple interior , individual and collective experiences, and the relationship between people and peoples. They address topics such as the deadly threat of disease, persecution, aging, violence, war, betrayal, loneliness, enemy aggression and how these feelings alter consciousness we have of ourselves, of our relationship with others and with God. Situations that prompt supplication can be bitter and desperate , but the Psalms generally express a state of mind of trust and end in thanksgiving . The Psalmist cries out to God for his help and forgiveness in a profound expression of limitless trust in divine compassion and justice. Even the cry of the Psalmist is already a fighting speech, change will, of inner transformation, confidence and hope for a free future evil, the suffering and the wicked . The Psalms of Supplication they are classified as individual supplication and collective supplication. Those of Individual Supplication comprise Psalm 3; 5-7; 13; 17; 22; 26; 27; 28; 31; 35; 39; 42-43; 51; 54-57; 59; 61; 63; 64; 69-71; 88; 102; 109; 120; 130; 140-143. and those of  Collective Supplication Ps 12; 44; 58; 60; 74; 80; 83; 85; 90; 94; 108; 123; 127.

    The Book of Psalms

    The Joy and Happiness of the Righteous in Communion with God

    The Psalms are prayer-poems addressed to God, being the privileged way to address and speak with Him. Depicting the common man , with his failures, insecurities, fears and hopes, we can still identify with the Psalmist and be inspired today in Psalms to make prayers and supplications to God in times of trouble or express our gratitude for some blessing received. The Psalms, despite being written in Antiquity, still move , sensitize , awaken feelings , inspire and enchant . In them, we can identify anguish and joy , deeply human feelings, praises, supplications, teachings of reflection on spiritual wisdom and prophetic words. Written for different situations , some Psalms are intimate, revealing the author's personal relationship with God; others provide guidelines and advice for life, others are compositions for specific liturgical events such as rituals and pilgrimages. The Book of Psalms is composed of a collection of 150 poetic texts and is divided into five parts, called Psalm Books or Booklets. Each Book closes with short hymns of praise to God . The division into five parts was considered to correspond to the five books of Moses and it is assumed that each passage in the Pentateuch (first five books of the Bible, called Torah by the Jews) was read in parallel with the corresponding Psalm. Its main forms are lamentation , supplication , praise, and gratitude .

    The Power of Prayer in Dialogue with the Divine

    The Psalms elevate our thoughts to the Divine and prayer is the power of the word . Prayer is the language of faith. Any thought, word or image addressed to God is called prayer . It is through it that we come into contact with our God within and, therefore, it is so powerful in transforming life . Prayer can produce miracles , turn dreams into reality, give us hope for change , harmony and peace with ourselves and the world. Each Psalm has an intention that helps us meditate and walk with our God . For many theologians, the Book of Psalms has a prophetic or messianic tone as its verses refer to the coming of Christ into the world of men to guide them through the uncertainty and doubts of Human existence. The prayer has the power to call the Spiritual Universe full mode, honest, sincere, conscious, for the purpose of spiritual self-protection, family protection and those who are dear to us, to have peace of mind, spiritual and physical, for prosperity and success, to protect health and relationships, to ward off negative energies and, above all, to connect us to something bigger than ourselves. From this peace , well-being, hope and goodness in front of everyone and everything result. The faith can change our lives. It gives us tranquility and spiritual strength to face challenges. It helps us to meditate on our mission in life and to create a balanced and healthy environment for ourselves and those we love. When you pray, fill your heart with love and determination . The Psalms will guide you on a path of peace and communion with the higher energy.