Ezekiel 26 & Psalm 74

Ezekiel 26

    In the eleventh year, on the first day of the month, the word of the LORD came to me: “Son of man, because Tyre said concerning Jerusalem, ‘Aha, the gate of the peoples is broken; it has swung open to me. I shall be replenished, now that she is laid waste,’ therefore thus says the Lord GOD: Behold, I am against you, O Tyre, and will bring up many nations against you, as the sea brings up its waves. They shall destroy the walls of Tyre and break down her towers, and I will scrape her soil from her and make her a bare rock. She shall be in the midst of the sea a place for the spreading of nets, for I have spoken, declares the Lord GOD. And she shall become plunder for the nations, and her daughters on the mainland shall be killed by the sword. Then they will know that I am the LORD.

    “For thus says the Lord GOD: Behold, I will bring against Tyre from the north Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, king of kings, with horses and chariots, and with horsemen and a host of many soldiers. He will kill with the sword your daughters on the mainland. He will set up a siege wall against you and throw up a mound against you, and raise a roof of shields against you. He will direct the shock of his battering rams against your walls, and with his axes he will break down your towers. His horses will be so many that their dust will cover you. Your walls will shake at the noise of the horsemen and wagons and chariots, when he enters your gates as men enter a city that has been breached. With the hoofs of his horses he will trample all your streets. He will kill your people with the sword, and your mighty pillars will fall to the ground. They will plunder your riches and loot your merchandise. They will break down your walls and destroy your pleasant houses. Your stones and timber and soil they will cast into the midst of the waters. And I will stop the music of your songs, and the sound of your lyres shall be heard no more. I will make you a bare rock. You shall be a place for the spreading of nets. You shall never be rebuilt, for I am the LORD; I have spoken, declares the Lord GOD.

    “Thus says the Lord GOD to Tyre: Will not the coastlands shake at the sound of your fall, when the wounded groan, when slaughter is made in your midst? Then all the princes of the sea will step down from their thrones and remove their robes and strip off their embroidered garments. They will clothe themselves with trembling; they will sit on the ground and tremble every moment and be appalled at you. And they will raise a lamentation over you and say to you,

    “‘How you have perished,
        you who were inhabited from the seas,
    O city renowned,
        who was mighty on the sea;
    she and her inhabitants imposed their terror
        on all her inhabitants!
    Now the coastlands tremble
        on the day of your fall,
    and the coastlands that are on the sea
        are dismayed at your passing.’
        “For thus says the Lord GOD: When I make you a city laid waste, like the cities that are not inhabited, when I bring up the deep over you, and the great waters cover you, then I will make you go down with those who go down to the pit, to the people of old, and I will make you to dwell in the world below, among ruins from of old, with those who go down to the pit, so that you will not be inhabited; but I will set beauty in the land of the living. I will bring you to a dreadful end, and you shall be no more. Though you be sought for, you will never be found again, declares the Lord GOD.”

(Ezekiel 26 ESV)

Psalm 74

A Maskil of Asaph.

    O God, why do you cast us off forever?
        Why does your anger smoke against the sheep of your pasture?
    Remember your congregation, which you have purchased of old,
        which you have redeemed to be the tribe of your heritage!
        Remember Mount Zion, where you have dwelt.
    Direct your steps to the perpetual ruins;
        the enemy has destroyed everything in the sanctuary!
    Your foes have roared in the midst of your meeting place;
        they set up their own signs for signs.
    They were like those who swing axes
        in a forest of trees.
    And all its carved wood
        they broke down with hatchets and hammers.
    They set your sanctuary on fire;
        they profaned the dwelling place of your name,
        bringing it down to the ground.
    They said to themselves, “We will utterly subdue them”;
        they burned all the meeting places of God in the land.
    We do not see our signs;
        there is no longer any prophet,
        and there is none among us who knows how long.
    How long, O God, is the foe to scoff?
        Is the enemy to revile your name forever?
    Why do you hold back your hand, your right hand?
        Take it from the fold of your garment and destroy them!
    Yet God my King is from of old,
        working salvation in the midst of the earth.
    You divided the sea by your might;
        you broke the heads of the sea monsters on the waters.
    You crushed the heads of Leviathan;
        you gave him as food for the creatures of the wilderness.
    You split open springs and brooks;
        you dried up ever-flowing streams.
    Yours is the day, yours also the night;
        you have established the heavenly lights and the sun.
    You have fixed all the boundaries of the earth;
        you have made summer and winter.
    Remember this, O LORD, how the enemy scoffs,
        and a foolish people reviles your name.
    Do not deliver the soul of your dove to the wild beasts;
        do not forget the life of your poor forever.
    Have regard for the covenant,
        for the dark places of the land are full of the habitations of violence.
    Let not the downtrodden turn back in shame;
        let the poor and needy praise your name.
    Arise, O God, defend your cause;
        remember how the foolish scoff at you all the day!
    Do not forget the clamor of your foes,
        the uproar of those who rise against you, which goes up continually!

(Psalm 74 ESV)

The following is taken from Tim Keller's 'The Songs of Jesus' Devotional...


The psalmist surveys the complete destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple by the Babylonian army. It is generally assumed that while God might allow some difficulties, he would never let horrendous, cataclysmic tragedies happen to people who have faith in him. But the Bible shows that this particular disaster was not total, that God was not deserting them. And the most faithful person who ever lived, Jesus Christ, also suffered horrendously for redemptive purposes. So remember, "God is God. If He is God, He is worthy of my worship and my service. I will find rest nowhere but in His will, and that will is infinitely, immeasurably, unspeakably beyond my largest notions of what He is up to."