"Do not let the downtrodden be put to shame; let the poor and needy praise your name."
Psalm 74 is a lament. Possibly written after Israel 's sanctuary had been destroyed by enemies. The Temple had been violated. Israel is compared to a harmless dove and the enemy to a raging
beast. The scripture elsewhere instructs Christians to be wise as seprents and harmeless as doves. The enemy of our souls is also described as a roaring lion that goes around seeking to devour.
Lions that are close to death and final defeat are often like this. The psalmist appeals to the honour of God's name and asks for help, knowing that such a help will bring people to praise His
holy name. The prayer is to vindicate His name and save the people. Like the Psalmist we can pray with authority, appealing to the person and promises of our God. When we suffer or see suffering
who else could we turn to but Him?