Psalm 74 can be divided into three divisions:
I. The Complaint of a Troubled Heart (Psalm 74:1-11)
II. The Turning Point of a Confident Faith (Psalm 74:12-17)
III. The Cry of a Trusting Heart (Psalm 74:18-23)
Under the first division, we find four questions of complaint from the troubled heart.
The Complaint of a Troubled Heart
1. Why? – Why, Lord, hast Thou cast off Thine own forever?
Psalm 74:1a – “O God, why hast thou cast us off for ever?”
2. Why? – Why, Lord, doth Thine anger burn against Thine own?
Psalm 74:1b – “Why doth thine anger smoke against the sheep of thy pasture?”
3. How Long? – How long, Lord, shall the reproach of Thy name continue?
Psalm 74:10 – “O God, how long shall the adversary reproach? Shall the enemy blaspheme thy name for ever?”
4. Why? – Why, Lord, dost Thou withhold Thy right hand of deliverance?
Psalm 74:11 – “Why withdrawest thou thy hand, even thy right hand? Pluck it out of thy bosom.”