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1 (To the chief Musician on Neginoth, A Psalm or Song of Asaph.) 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.

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.

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.

Commentary for Psalms 76

The psalmist speaks of God's power. (1-6) All have to fear and to trust in him. (7-12)

1-6 Happy people are those who have their land filled with the knowledge of God! happy persons that have their hearts filled with that knowledge! It is the glory and happiness of a people to have God among them by his ordinances. Wherein the enemies of the church deal proudly, it will appear that God is above them. See the power of God's rebukes. With pleasure may Christians apply this to the advantages bestowed by the Redeemer.

7-12 God's people are the meek of the earth, the quiet in the land, that suffer wrong, but do none. The righteous God seems to keep silence long, yet, sooner or later, he will make judgment to be heard. We live in an angry, provoking world; we often feel much, and are apt to fear more, from the wrath of man. What will not turn to his praise, shall not be suffered to break out. He can set bounds to the wrath of man, as he does to the raging sea; hitherto it shall come, and no further. Let all submit to God. Our prayers and praises, and especially our hearts, are the presents we should bring to the Lord. His name is glorious, and he is the proper object of our fear. He shall cut off the spirit of princes; he shall slip it off easily, as we slip off a flower from the stalk, or a bunch of grapes from the vine; so the word signifies. He can dispirit the most daring: since there is no contending with God, it is our wisdom, as it is our duty, to submit to him. Let us seek his favour as our portion, and commit all our concerns to him.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Psalms 76

  • Geraldine cole
    No one can come to Jesus unless he draw them we first must have a willing spirit before we were born he knew his children and no man can change that some people will never accept Jesus we can not saved anyone we can only witnes to them Jesus will do the rest . We that are saved are not of the world this is not our home Heaven is our home .we live in this world Jesus will be with us all
  • Bruce
    Lu2677: There is no fear in love, but perfect love casteth out fear; because fear has to torment. He that fears is not made perfect in love. 1John 4:18 / Without His Spirit Living within, you will be in fear. Big day, do you have Scripture? / Salvation has giving me,Wonderful Peace, a Provider,a Protector, taking away all fear---. You can have the same: has He Tugged on your Heart? Ask Forgiveness
  • Lu2677
    Hi Bruce, Psalms 76:7; the context of this verse is; fear of His wrath. Don't take my word for it, even thou I have given you his.Question is; can you take his Word for it? Might be a big day in your life if he shows mercy and you do take his word for it. Psalms33:8,Ecc.3:14,Romans3:18,Matthew10:28,Job23:13-16,Job25:1-2,James4:12. Typical for people to believe the lie."Don't be afraid of him"
  • Elizabeth Kirkley Best
    One of my favorite verses in learning God 's ways is: 0 Surely the wrath of man shall praise thee: the remainder of wrath shalt thou restrain. It takes knowledge of this verse to understand the diverse happenings at the time of the crucifixion: the Jews were anointed and appointed priests of Israel, a 'nation of priests ' and yet they cry out for Messiah to be crucified. God takes the wrath of man, and turns it into a sacrificial offering ordained from the beginning. The Jews cry, "His blood be on us and on our children " and God turns it to 2000 years of preservation behind the blood covered lintels of a door at passover: they suffered and died but did not disappear as a people. They obtain salvation salvation is of the Jews but in a suspended state having declared the acceptance of the blood of the lamb on them and their children in wrath, because of unbelief, and are held in slumber or what Tyndale called 'disquietness ' until the fullness of all things when their faith becomes whole. We likewise sin still yet in grace he turns it to our good: the wrath of man praises God. Wrath praises God as the devil overplays his hand, and the antithesis to the things of God, becomes the declaration of his plan and his way, his love for mankind. It is an essential 'way of God ', triumphing over the limited wisdom of man.
  • HARRY ALLISON
    OVER the years of learning "about JESUS",i have found that ...that isnt enough!BEING tough on relationships to start with,it is difficult for me to get the intimacy with JESUS i desire...MAYBE it is a process.I think so .ANYWAY,i am finding the awesomeness of this process but know I AM HIS FOREVER.

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