tells of a troubling time for the people, but through it all, the people held to and worshipped the One True God.
They asked the Lord to remember them, the trouble that came on them, and the disgrace that had become of His people. Their inheritance had been turned over to strangers, and their homes given up to people of another land.
They were like orphans, fatherless. There was no one to provide. They had to pay for the water they drank, and got their bread from the hand of Egypt and Assyria.
They were bearing the punishment of the sins of their fathers. Though they had long since passed away, they bore the iniquities.
God's people had became so low in stature that even the slaves ruled over them. There was none that could even deliver them from the hands of the slaves that ruled them.
They struggled to get their food, fighting for it by sword in the wilderness. The famine had become so increasingly great that it scorched the land.
Women were being raped from Zion to Judah, and princes were strung up by a hangman's noose. Young men were now working the mills, young boys staggering under the loads of wood.
The old men no longer welcomed people into the city gates, and the young men no longer filled the city with music. Their joy was forgotten and their dancing had turned into mourning.
They were no longer a powerful people. The crown had fallen from their head. They cried out, "Woe to us, for we have sinned!"
For this sin, their hearts became sick and their eyes dimmed. Mount Zion was now desolate with prowling jackals.
Through all of this, they praised God. "You, O Lord," they said, "reign forever. Your throne endures to all generations."
They pleaded with God, asking Him why He had forsaken them for so long. They asked God to restore His people, and give them the peace from the days of old. God has power of all things, and they asked the Lord to restore them unless He had fully rejected His people and remained angry with them.
As Christians, we should ask ourselves: Do we think that our sins only affect us? Do we see the trouble this world is in and not know that it is because God has been rejected? When our suffering becomes seemingly more than we can bear, do we still praise God, or do we reject Him? Do we cry out unto God for deliverance? Do we repent of not only our sins, but the sins of our fathers?11 16