A Season of Psalms - Psalm 76:7, 11
Psalm 76:7, 11
“But you, you are to be feared! Who can stand before you when once your anger is roused? From the heavens you uttered judgment; the earth feared and was still, when God arose to establish judgment, to save all the humble of the earth…Make your vows to the Lord your God and perform them; let all around him bring gifts to him who is to be feared…”
English Standard Version (ESV)
Thanks to accidental exposure to gamma rays, Bruce Banner has an anger problem. The volcanic fury that erupts from within him transforms him into a completely different person, literally, climaxing into the persona known as the Incredible Hulk. When the Hulk’s anger is aroused, destruction and terror are sure to follow. He is every insurance adjuster’s worst nightmare. Once his wrath has been spent, he returns to his human form and resumes his life as a physicist.
What happens when God’s anger is aroused, when He utters judgment against the world? Destruction and terror are sure to be poured out on His enemies. In the psalm, God dwells in Zion, in His temple, as the Warrior-King over Israel and Judah. Those who encroach on the territory of God to make war will face an ignominious end. They will be stripped of their weapons and spoil, and they will lie on Mount Zion in stunned perplexity at His rebuke. God the Warrior has saved His people, and the only proper response is worship with thanksgiving. Verse 12 encourages them to “make your vows to the Lord your God and perform them…bring gifts to him…” For His perpetual deliverance in times of struggle and difficulty, the appropriate action is worship and obedience.
Psalm 76 celebrates God’s protective presence that emanates from Zion. Although today He doesn’t make His presence known from a specific place, He remains with His people in a special way, as His Holy Spirit dwells within our hearts. God fights our battles and leads His people against the spiritual powers and authorities of this dark world. If our God is for us and with us, then who can be against us?
Further Reading: Romans 8:31-39; Nehemiah 4
Let’s pray today:
Be exalted, O God, above the heavens! Let Your glory be over all the earth! In Jesus’ name, Amen.