Psalm 76 A Psalm of Asaph
1 In Judah is God known: his name is great in Israel.
2 In Salem also is his tabernacle, and his dwelling place in Zion.
3 There brake he the arrows of the bow, the shield, and the sword, and the battle. Selah.
God is known in Judah and his name is great and Israel. I think most of us reading this understand that Israel is a picture of the church. We are spiritual Israel. Relating this to ourselves, we must make sure that His name is great in us. We must make sure that we attribute the wonder and power of God where it belongs. Let’s never take the glory away from Him by taking it for ourselves. His name is great, not my name. His power is great, not my power. His word is great, not my words.
4 Thou art more glorious and excellent than the mountains of prey.
5 The stouthearted are spoiled, they have slept their sleep: and none of the men of might have found their hands.
6 At thy rebuke, O God of Jacob, both the chariot and horse are cast into a dead sleep.
I love the way that Asaph says God is more glorious and excellent. He is more glorious and excellent than anything I can think of. But in this case Asaph says God is more glorious and excellent then the mountains of prey that are against them. Remember, there’s always an enemy trying to come at Israel. Asaph is exalting the Lord, knowing that He is greater than any enemy that can come against them. In verse 5 he says the enemy is sleeping and they’re spoiled, and all God has to do is rebuke their chariots and horses and they will go to sleep. They don’t have a chance against God! Remember in the first section He broke the arrows, the bows, the shield and the swords, and now he’s going to put the chariots and the horses to sleep. What chance does any enemy have against us!
7 Thou, even thou, art to be feared: and who may stand in thy sight when once thou art angry?
8 Thou didst cause judgment to be heard from heaven; the earth feared, and was still,
9 When God arose to judgment, to save all the meek of the earth. Selah.
10 Surely the wrath of man shall praise thee: the remainder of wrath shalt thou restrain.
11 Vow, and pay unto the Lord your God: let all that be round about him bring presents unto him that ought to be feared.
12 He shall cut off the spirit of princes: he is terrible to the kings of the earth.
Eventually man will come around to praising Him anyway. They won’t have a choice. God will win in the end. He will restrain those who come against Him. So you might as well come to Him now. Bring your presents – your gifts and talents – to the Lord today, because if you don’t you’ll be cut off. God will have the victory in the end and you can be on the winning side or on the losing side. It’s your choice. As for this write, I choose to be on The Winning Side. How about you?