On the second day of war-games the Iranian military test fired long range missiles, capable of striking Israel and parts of Europe.
1Hear my prayer, Yahvah, and let my cry come to you.
2Do not turn your face from me in the day when I am in trouble; incline your ear to me; in the day when I call, answer me speedily.
3For my days are consumed like smoke, and my bones are whitened as if they were burned.
4My heart is struck and withered like grass, so that I forget to eat my bread.
5Because of the voice of my groaning, my bones cling to my skin.
6I am like a pelican of the wilderness; I am like an owl of the desert.
7I am shaken and alone, like a bird on the house tops.
8My enemies disgrace me all the day; those who once praised me, are now sworn against me.
9I have eaten ashes like bread, and mingled my drink with weeping,
10because of your indignation and your wrath; for you have lifted me up, and cast me down.
11My days are like a shadow that declines; and I am withered, like grass.
12But you, Yahvah, will endure forever, and your remembrance to all generations.
13Arise and have mercy on Zion; for it is time to have mercy on her.
14For your servants take pleasure in her stones, and favor its dust.
15So the heathen will worship the name of Yahvah, and all the kings of the land, your glory.
16When Yahvah builds up Zion, he will appear in his glory.
17He will regard the prayer of the destitute, and not despise their prayer.
18This will be written for the generation to come; and the people who will be created, will praise Yahvah.
19For he has looked down from the height of his sanctuary; from the skies, Yahvah saw the land,
20to hear the groaning of the prisoner, to loose those who are appointed to death,
21to declare the name of Yahvah in Zion and his praises in Jerusalem,
22when the peoples are gathered together, and the kingdoms, to serve Yahvah.
23For they have weakened my strength on land; they warned me of the shortage of my days.
24My god, do not take me away in the middle of my days; your years are throughout all generations.
25Of old, you have laid the foundation of the land; and the skies are the work of your hands.
26They will perish, but you will endure; yes, all of them will wax old like a garment; as a vesture, they will fade.
27But you are the same, and your years will have no end.
28The sons of your servants will continue, and their seed will be established before you.
On Monday morning in Iran, the Iranian government test-fired a set of long range missiles. There had been an earlier test-firing on Sunday. The earlier launch had been of short range missiles. The tests this day were sent into the Indian Ocean.
The launches had bee planned, but where seen by western governments as a form of defiance after the previous Friday announcement by Obama of a secret weapons base found south of Tehrah.
An Iranian army official was quoted on US network TV as saying that Israel would not be around much longer.
The timing of this missile launch was slightly early, the response in western capitals more generally match the exact timing of this launch.
The Psalm opens with a request to be heard, and the threat of missiles landing on Israel and Europe generally provide the backdrop for asking for God to intervene.
Verse 2 bounds the time to 1 day, or a day, and so the missile launch and response spread across a day makes sense. The events of the day are what cause the prayer of the psalm.
Verse 3 discusses smoke and burned bones, which is a match to the act of firing missiles.
These were not new types of hardware, but they were a reminder of the capabilities of Iran for striking Israel and Europe. This reminder strikes the heart with fear, part of the intent of these launches, a match to verse 4.
Verse 6 speaks of the desert and wilderness, the location of these launches, a match.
Verse 8 speaks of the Iranian attitude towards Israel and the west generally, especially the tone of the Iranian military personnel.
Verse 12 turns to Zion, and how God watches out for her. Threats of missiles do not bother Him.
Verse 15 suggests even the Iranians will eventually worship the God of the Bible.