The words of this particular verse, and the contents of the whole of the Psalm, are very appropriate and applicable to our own times. We too live in a day when the foolish man reproaches God's cause daily!
The following messages were preached on this portion of Scripture:
1. The Features of this Attack upon the Cause of God
It was a day of: (i) Spiritual darkness and cruelty, (ii) Blasphemy, (iii) Reproach, (iv) Rising up against the Lord, and (v) Constant and increasing opposition to God's Cause.
This attack was focused on (i) The House of God & (ii) The People of God
3. The Fount of this Attack upon the Cause of God
The wicked are attributed only as the secondary cause of this attack. The primary cause is that God permitted this attack to happen because His anger smoked against the sheep of His pasture because of their departure from Him.
4. The Frustrating of this Attack upon the Cause of God
Asaph looks to God to arise and plead the glory and honour of His own name. The history of God's interventions among His people are marked by Him arising to work for His own name's sake and not because His people deserve it.