King of Assyria, your shepherds slumber;
your nobles lie down to rest.
Your people are scattered on the mountains
with no one to gather them.
19 Nothing can heal you;
your wound is fatal.
All who hear the news about you
clap their hands at your fall,
for who has not felt
your endless cruelty?
Reflection. Assyria has attacked, invaded and oppressed just about every nation in the ancient Middle East, and now will fall. Nahum records that people will 'clap their hands over you.' Is this gloating at a nation's fall? Yes, Assyria has been cruel and brutal and deserves to fall. Should they now be clapped over?
Some questions. How do we react when someone gets their comeuppance? Do we clap over them? Should we act with more grace? Oh, and how would we hope that people react when we fall from grace (and we will)?
Prayer. Lord Jesus, increase mercy in me, I pray. Amen.