Tuesday, August 21, 2018

JEHOVAH Is The ONE To Be Feared

Psalm 75 NIV

For the director of music. To the tune of “Do Not Destroy.” A psalm of Asaph. A song.

1We praise YOU, GOD,
we praise YOU, for YOUR Name Is Near;
people tell of YOUR Wonderful Deeds.
2YOU Say, “I Choose the appointed time;
it is I WHO Judge with equity.
3When the earth and all its people quake,
it is I WHO Hold its pillars firm. b

4To the arrogant I Say, ‘Boast no more,’
and to the wicked, ‘Do not lift up your horns. c
5Do not lift your horns against heaven;
do not speak so defiantly.’ ”
6No one from the east or the west
or from the desert can exalt themselves.

7It Is GOD WHO Judges:
HE Brings one down, He Exalts another.

8In The Hand of The LORD Is a cup
full of foaming wine mixed with spices;
HE Pours it Out, and all the wicked of the earth
drink it down to its very dregs.
9As for me, I will declare this forever;
I will sing praise to the GOD of Jacob,
10WHO Says, “I Will Cut Off the horns of all the wicked,
but the horns of the righteous will be lifted up.”

Psalm 76 NIV

For the director of music. With stringed instruments. A psalm of Asaph. A song.

1GOD Is Renowned in Judah;
in Israel HIS Name Is Great.
2HIS Tent is in Salem,
HIS Dwelling Place in Zion.
3There HE Broke the flashing arrows,
the shields and the swords, the weapons of war.
4YOU Are Radiant with light,
more Majestic than mountains rich with game.

5The valiant lie plundered,
they sleep their last sleep;
not one of the warriors
can lift his hands.
6At YOUR Rebuke, GOD of Jacob,
both horse and chariot lie still.

7It Is YOU Alone WHO Are To Be Feared.
Who can stand Before YOU When YOU Are Angry?

8From heaven YOU Pronounced Judgment,
and the land feared and was quiet—
9When YOU, GOD, Rose Up To Judge,
To Save all the afflicted of the land.
10Surely YOUR Wrath Against mankind brings YOU Praise,
and the survivors of YOUR Wrath are restrained.
11Make vows to The LORD your GOD and fulfill them;
let all the neighboring lands
bring gifts To The ONE To Be Feared.
12HE Breaks the spirit of rulers;
HE Is Feared by the kings of the earth.

Psalm 76

The Septuagint calls it, "A song upon the Assyrians," whence many good interpreters conjecture that it was penned when Sennacherib's army, then besieging Jerusalem, was entirely cut off by a destroying angel in Hezekiah's time; and several passages in the psalm are very applicable to that work of wonder: but there was a religious triumph upon occasion of another victory, in Jehoshaphat's time, which might as well be the subject of this psalm (2 Chronicles 20:28), and it might be called "a song of Asaph" because always sung by the sons of Asaph.

Upon occasion of this glorious victory, whatever it was,

I. The psalmist congratulates the happiness of GOD’S people in having GOD so close (v. 1-3).

II. He celebrates the Glory of GOD'S Power, which this was an illustrious instance of (v. 4-6).

III. He infers hence what reason all have to fear Before HIM (v. 7-9). And,

IV. What reason HIS people have to trust In HIM and to pay their vows To HIM (v. 10-12).

It is a psalm proper for a thanksgiving day, upon the account of public successes, and not improper at other times, because it is never out of season to glorify GOD for the Great Things HE Has Done for HIS people, especially for the Victories of The REDEEMER over the powers of darkness, which all those Old Testament victories were types of those that are celebrated in the psalms.

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