Alvin “Chenhao” Guo
Psalm 69 is a lament; in this gloomy psalm, a Christian cried to God about the injustice he had suffered, described the authorities who squandered the glory and property that belong to God, explained his Innocent from the injustice, expressed his confidence in a just and strict God and prayed for God to wipe out the stubborn and extravagant tyranny while hoping that their descendants would regain their former prosperity and faith to God in the land occupied by the dictatorship. I will express my feelings about Psalm 69 from three aspects: shame and oppression, legitimate judgment, and the reconquest of the homeland, then briefly introduce an American folk song that expresses similar emotions.
Verse 1-21 of Psalm 69 shows the shame and oppression faced by a Christian. The CCP and the innocent Chinese deceived by the CCP persecute Christians. Driven by chauvinism, Christians are regarded as foreign cultural invaders and agents; thus, the CCP deprave poor Christians’ right to draw the minimum living allowance; I was one of the young students who were bullied at school for their faith; we had nowhere to redress our grievances after both verbally and physically abuse. Our parents, siblings, and friends for many years will turn hostile because we disagree with the CCP government that believes in Satan; the fundamentalism advocated by the CCP encourages all Chinese to report dissidents who do not agree with socialism-brainwashed. The CCP made the Chinese believe that the CCP’s tyranny’s interests will always surpass family affection and friendship. In such an atmosphere of terror, any act that dares to challenge the authority of the CCP will be regarded as a rebellion; love the party and worship Xi Jinping as political correctness in China means challenging it will cause the loss of the foundation of one’s life; the official and unofficial oppression from the government has allowed the residents of the PRC no freedom of speech.
As a young student who believes in God, every day I have lived in China was full of helplessness; every day, I hoped God could help me not be submerged by the flood of communism, and I prayed God’s chariot could take me to heaven. Many Christians have faced unimaginable pressure in both China and the United States; to eliminate the CCP’s beliefs, they bravely speak out their political opinions, may face break up with their families, beloveds, and were expelled from the community—because our hearts are solid. Jesus is with us; in contrast, the CCP and its agents should be punished for the harm and injustice to Christians.
Verse 22-28 of Psalm 69 shows that after seeing the tyranny of unbelievers squandering the wealth that belongs to God and persecuting innocent believers, Christians pray for God’s just judgment to terminate their suffering. The CCP disglorified God’s property like these David-cursed people; the CCP used God’s wisdom to create rockets, warships, and COVID-19 but used these gifts from God to attack Americans under God. The CCP’s tyrants deceived the Chinese that they are the redeemers; people swear oaths to Xi Jinping’s photo and the party flag instead of putting their hands on the Bible. This idolatry worship is precisely the same as its counterparts in North Korea, Nazi Germany, and the Soviet Union. On the one hand, the CCP proudly flaunts that it has the longest bridge in the world, the fastest high-speed railway on the planet, and the most prominent radio telescope people have ever built. On the other hand, it forces poor Christians to choose between giving up their faith or starving. The CCP, led by Xi Jinping, has the most wealth in the world but does not decide to improve the Chinese people’s impoverished lives. Instead, it tries to persecute Christians with God’s wisdom and attempt to offend God by science and technology, just as the Babylonians use God’s wisdom to build the Tower of Babel. The CCP deserves to be punished by God and wiped out. I hope that all Christians can pray with me; may God punish the CCP, may the CCP’s concentration camps and mansions be desolate, may the CCP’s accomplices have no seeds, and may God send Xi Jinping and other wicked people into hell, instead of enjoying eternal life with God in heaven.
Pray for God to reconquest the homeland is the theme of Psalm 69, verses 29-36; miserable Christians pray to God for a land where they can live and serve God honorably. Zion is the land God promised to his followers, but where is Zion? I used to think that Israel is Zion, but people there do not want to follow Jesus; later, I thought Utah is Zion but found that the fifth column funded by the CCP had already spread all over the United States; as the Chinese virus weapon attacked the United States, I realized to the true Zion in our hearts.
For Americans, the Cold War failed; we failed to stop communism in China, North Korea, and Vietnam in the 20th century. We need to contain communism in California in the 21st century.
The United States, as a nation founded by God’s inspiration, and as a nation under God, is strong because of its devotion to God; I pray that God can save Zion so that our next generation can have a place to worship God, not Betrayed God and turned to worship Satan and Xi Jinping. Governmental and non-governmental organizations funded by the CCP constantly erode American labor’s fruits and threaten Americans’ social safety; Confucius Institutes, nominally as a cultural exchange center, laid communist China as a paradise rather than a hell of genocide. Chinese Students and Scholars Association nominally as an overseas Chinese Students association, monitor and harass dissident students. Huawei and other Chinese technology companies try to steal American citizens’ personal information. America should be a nation of Christians, where Christians live and work in peace; for our souls and for our next generation to have the right to become Christians instead of being persecuted by the CCP, Americans need to defend their home front bravely. Because American have nowhere to go—we must defend our Zion.
The Republic’s Battle Hymn is an American patriotic song composed in 1861; the author feels that the American Civil War is about personal interests of life and death and God’s glory. This battle hymn encourages Christians to feel the glory of God’s coming and remember that Jesus died for the sins to make us free—Christians should bravely become God’s sword to defend their faith and live as a temple of God with a holy spirit. This song, written 160 years ago, is an excellent notification for today’s Christians; in the new Cold War (or an atypical hot war—the attack of the CCP’s virus weapons) with Communists, should listen to God’s bugle call. All Christians and non-Christians are just ordinary and fragile individuals, but God has given us the strength and intellect to make some achievements; we should fight for God’s glory and help our neighbors suffering the unjust persecution of communism. Christians should join the fight of Christians against Communist China for God and the country; enables the once-great nation of the United States as an instrument of God to eliminate the Chinese Communist regime, may like in 1900’s expedition to China, or imposing tougher economic sanctions on the CCP to force them to respect human rights.
Psalm 69 is surely a lament; insulted Christians tell God the injustice they suffered, but Psalm 69 also brings people hope—Christians pray to God for justice and imagine their homeland’s future prosperity. Shame and oppression are challenges from Satan, and a proper judgment is an opportunity to work with God, reconquest the homeland, and rebuild Judah in the future under God. The CCP belongs to Marx and hell like other tyrannies, and brave and optimistic Christians have eternal life.
69 Save me, O God; for the waters are come in unto my soul. 2 I sink in deep mire, where there is no standing: I am come into deep waters, where the floods overflow me. 3 I am weary of my crying: my throat is dried: mine eyes fail while I wait for my God. 4 They that hate me without a cause are more than the hairs of mine head: they that would destroy me, being mine enemies wrongfully, are mighty: then I restored that which I took not away. 5 O God, thou knowest my foolishness; and my sins are not hid from thee. 6 Let not them that wait on thee, O Lord God of hosts, be ashamed for my sake: let not those that seek thee be confounded for my sake, O God of Israel. 7 Because for thy sake I have borne reproach; shame hath covered my face. 8 I am become a stranger unto my brethren, and an alien unto my mother’s children. 9 For the zeal of thine house hath eaten me up; and the reproaches of them that reproached thee are fallen upon me. 10 When I wept, and chastened my soul with fasting, that was to my reproach. 11 I made sackcloth also my garment; and I became a proverb to them. 12 They that sit in the gate speak against me; and I was the song of the drunkards. 13 But as for me, my prayer is unto thee, O Lord, in an acceptable time: O God, in the multitude of thy mercy hear me, in the truth of thy salvation. 14 Deliver me out of the mire, and let me not sink: let me be delivered from them that hate me, and out of the deep waters. 15 Let not the waterflood overflow me, neither let the deep swallow me up, and let not the pit shut her mouth upon me. 16 Hear me, O Lord; for thy lovingkindness is good: turn unto me according to the multitude of thy tender mercies. 17 And hide not thy face from thy servant; for I am in trouble: hear me speedily. 18 Draw nigh unto my soul, and redeem it: deliver me because of mine enemies. 19 Thou hast known my reproach, and my shame, and my dishonor: mine adversaries are all before thee. 20 Reproach hath broken my heart; and I am full of heaviness: and I looked for some to take pity, but there was none; and for comforters, but I found none. 21 They gave me also gall for my meat; and in my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink. 22 Let their table become a snare before them: and that which should have been for their welfare, let it become a trap. 23 Let their eyes be darkened, that they see not; and make their loins continually to shake. 24 Pour out thine indignation upon them, and let thy wrathful anger take hold of them. 25 Let their habitation be desolate; and let none dwell in their tents. 26 For they persecute him whom thou hast smitten; and they talk to the grief of those whom thou hast wounded. 27 Add iniquity unto their iniquity: and let them not come into thy righteousness. 28 Let them be blotted out of the book of the living, and not be written with the righteous. 29 But I am poor and sorrowful: let thy salvation, O God, set me up on high. 30 I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify him with thanksgiving. 31 This also shall please the Lord better than an ox or bullock that hath horns and hoofs. 32 The humble shall see this, and be glad: and your heart shall live that seek God. 33 For the Lord heareth the poor, and despiseth not his prisoners. 34 Let the heaven and earth praise him, the seas, and every thing that moveth therein. 35 For God will save Zion, and will build the cities of Judah: that they may dwell there, and have it in possession. 36 The seed also of his servants shall inherit it: and they that love his name shall dwell therein.
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