Archive for February 26th, 2016

Psalm 76

Psalm 76 is about the Assyrians and their war on God’s people in Judah.  They attacked, but God fought for Judah and defeated the Assyrians.  The story can be found in Isaiah and 2 Kings.  The people knew God and what He had done.  “In Judah God is known; His name is great in Israel”.  God was among His people and they knew Him well.  There certainly is a tendency in our modern world to not really know God for who He is.  We want to focus on all that He can do, but spend little time truly knowing Him.

Part of God’s protection is His commitment to the House or Temple that was built in Jerusalem.  “His abode has been established in Salem, his dwelling place in Zion”.  Here we see that there are two other names for Jerusalem: Salem and Zion.  In verse 2. “Salem” means “*peace” (or no fighting); Zion is the name of the hill where the Israelites built their temple. The temple was the place where they met to praise God.  God does not move.  He established His place and protects His people.

Glorious are you, more majestic than the mountains”.  The writer calls out the glory of God.  God isn’t just good, He is glorious and majestic and worthy of our praise.  And He is powerful as the writer describes how God intervened against the Assyrian enemy.  “At your rebuke, O God of Jacob, both rider and horse lay stunned”.  God is in control.  He has shown it over and over through history.  This event was simply another example of how He caused an enemy to go down in defeat, even though the odds were in their favor.

The psalmist calls for the people to celebrate God’s victory for them.  “Make your vows to the Lord your God and perform them; let all around him bring gifts to him who is to be feared, who cuts off the spirit of princes, who is to be feared by the kings of the earth”.  Not only do we need to recognize God’s work in our lives, we need to align in obedience to Him and walk daily with Him.  He is the source of all good.  He is the almighty and all powerful God.  We need to understand who He is and walk step by step in His footsteps.

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