Psalms for Troubled Times – Psalm 76

Great, Glorious, Gracious

The Lord’s name is great
“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.”

Note that in the place of His name there is peace. We can know the truth of this today.

The Lord’s works are glorious
“Thou art more glorious and excellent than the mountains of prey … 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.”

When God arises in judgment, who shall be able to stand? (Rev 6:17) Aren’t you thankful that Lord has already come to pay the price for sin, ‘to save all the meek’. (1 Tim 2:4-6) How glorious the work of salvation?

The Lord’s heart is gracious
Vow, and pay unto the LORD your God: let all that be round about him bring presents unto him that ought to be feared.”

Firstly, we note that worship of the Lord is the proper response. To fear the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. (Prov 9:10).

But when we consider those who vowed to give to the Lord, we find He graciously blessed them for it. Think of Hannah’s vow of 1 Sam 1, giving up her son Samuel, yet the Lord would then say in 1 Sam 2, ‘them that honour me, I will honour’.

Have we not even greater reason to give our all to the Lord. When we think of what God gave for us, it is only our reasonable service to present our bodies a living sacrifice. (Roms 12:1)

God will graciously bless us for it.

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