fear this – Psalms 76

Fear This - Psalms 76“Fear This”

I see this on bumper stickers and in advertising of all sorts. This came to mind as I read today’s Psalm 76:

1 For the choir director: A psalm of Asaph, to be accompanied by stringed instruments. A song. God is well known in Judah; his name is great in Israel. 2 Jerusalem is where he lives; Mount Zion is his home. 3 There he breaks the arrows of the enemy, the shields and swords and weapons of his foes. Interlude 4 You are glorious and more majestic than the everlasting mountains. 5 The mightiest of our enemies have been plundered. They lie before us in the sleep of death. No warrior could lift a hand against us. 6 When you rebuked them, O God of Jacob, their horses and chariots stood still.

7 No wonder you are greatly feared! Who can stand before you when your anger explodes? 8 From heaven you sentenced your enemies; the earth trembled and stood silent before you. 9 You stand up to judge those who do evil, O God, and to rescue the oppressed of the earth. Interlude 10 Human opposition only enhances your glory, for you use it as a sword of judgment.11 Make vows to the LORD your God, and fulfill them. Let everyone bring tribute to the Awesome One. 12 For he breaks the spirit of princes and is feared by the kings of the earth.

God certainly made His presence known. Reading about the great battles in the Bible brings a new appreciation for the fear of God. Can you imagine being alive in that time, seeing the power of God go before the likes of Joshua at Jericho, King David, the Israelites in their takeover of the promised land? Because God was with them, nothing could stop them (save only their own sin and disobedience).

Where is the fear of God today? Does God still break “the spirit of princes” and is He “feared by the kings of the earth”? I needed to remind myself that “God is the same yesterday, today and forever.”

Come, Lord Jesus!

peace,
e

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