“Direct your steps to the perpetual ruins; the enemy has destroyed everything in the sanctuary!” (v3). This psalm mourns the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple, which occurred when God’s people rejected Him. God’s dwelling place, the Temple, became “perpetual ruins,” like our lives when sin runs rampant. The symbol of God’s desire to fellowship with His people was profaned and set on fire (v7,9), and no one knew when it would be rebuilt (v9). However, God was still “working salvation in the midst of the earth” (v12).
“Have regard for the covenant” (v20). God doesn’t abandon us to the “perpetual ruins” of sin. Jesus offers us a new covenant of forgiveness and the chance to be restored.