The scatterer has come up against you.
Man the ramparts;
watch the road;
dress for battle;
collect all your strength. Comment: A cry to battle, the attackers are at the door!
For the LORD is restoring the majesty of Jacob
as the majesty of Israel,
for plunderers have plundered them
and ruined their branches. Comment: God is rescuing His people from their subjugation.
The shield of his mighty men is red;
his soldiers are clothed in scarlet.
The chariots come with flashing metal
on the day he musters them;
the cypress spears are brandished.
The chariots race madly through the streets;
they rush to and fro through the squares;
they gleam like torches;
they dart like lightning. Comment: A dramatic picture of the advancing army with chariots and spears, with highly coloured garments to incite fear in the townspeople. The boy in me loves it!
He remembers his officers;
they stumble as they go,
they hasten to the wall;
the siege tower is set up.
The river gates are opened;
the palace melts away;
its mistress is stripped; she is carried off,
her slave girls lamenting,
moaning like doves
and beating their breasts. Comment: Inside they try and muster strength to repel the attackers but the siege tower is in place, the gates are overcome and there is great distress as the city is looted.
Prayer: Loving Father help me to remember that You are a Just God!