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Psalms 76

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 1 In Judah God is known; his name is great in Israel.

 2 His tabernacle is in Salem [Jerusalem]; his dwelling place in Zion.

 3 There he broke the flashing arrows, the shield, the sword, and the weapons of war. Selah.

 4  You are resplendent with light, more majestic than mountains rich with prey.

 5 The stouthearted are plundered, they have sunk into their last sleep; and none of the men of might have raised their hands.

 6 At your rebuke, O God of Jacob, both the chariot and horse are cast into a sleep of death.

 7 You, even you, are to be feared; who may stand in your sight when you are angry?

 8 You caused 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 you;1 you shall you restrain the remainder of wrath and arm yourself with it.

 11 Make vows to the LORD your God and pay them; let all who are around him bring presents to him who ought to be [reverently] feared.

 12 He shall cut off the spirit of princes; he is awesome and terrible to the kings of the earth.

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1 Surely the wrath of man shall praise you. A strange statement on the surface, but if you consider that the Lord uses the wrath of man to achieve his glory, it makes more sense. For example, he used the wrath of Pharaoh, hardening his heart against the Jews who desired to get free; Pharaoh's wrath resulted in the plagues on Egypt, which were to God's glory. Another example, he use the wrath of Nebuchadnezzar to humble the Jews for seventy years of captivity in Babylon, which was to God's glory because he had warned them that if they failed to heed his voice, and follow his commandments, they would be destroyed in exactly the manner that occurred.

Finally, even though God will turn his wrath on all men who did not obtained his purifying grace on earth through the inward cross of self-denial, those same men who suffer the wrath of Hell will praise God, who in his love will bring them out of Hell to reconstruct them, fit to live in heaven forever.

I have sworn by myself, the word has gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, 'That to me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear.'
They [all] shall say, 'in the LORD is righteousness and strength.'" All who were incensed against him shall come to him and be ashamed. Isa 45:23-24


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