No Enemy Can Stand

Psalm 76 A Psalm of Asaph

In Judah is God known: his name is great in Israel.

In Salem also is his tabernacle, and his dwelling place in Zion.

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.

 Salem and Zion are names for Jerusalem, which is the capital city of David.  We see that God breaks the arrows, the bows, he shields and the swords of the enemy. The enemy cannot bring any weapon against us that will prosper (Isaiah 54:17). God will break them all. He brings us the victory no matter what the enemy might bring against us. We can depend on that.

Thou art more glorious and excellent than the mountains of prey.

The stouthearted are spoiled, they have slept their sleep: and none of the men of might have found their hands.

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!

Thou, even thou, art to be feared: and who may stand in thy sight when once thou art angry?

Thou didst cause judgment to be heard from heaven; the earth feared, and was still,

When God arose to judgment, to save all the meek of the earth. Selah.

God is to be feared because no one can stand in His sight. Don’t we see this throughout the Old Testament. Who stands before God? Did anybody stand before God when the flood came? Could anybody stand against God when the Red Sea parted and came down on the Egyptians? Did anyone stand against God at Jericho? And I could go on and on with battles that have been fought and won by Israel.  The enemy cannot stand against God!
When  God brings His judgment from heaven the whole earth trembles in fear at the power of His judgement. When God’s judgment goes forth, the earth is still before Him. He comes in judgment to save the meek. The meek are those who are willing to submit to His power and they will not be afraid of His judgement, because they know that His judgment is righteous and they will be spared

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?

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