Our Victorious God!

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Psalm 76 is written by Asaph, one of the choir directors during King David’s days. Asaph praises God for His mighty power in this psalm. God destroyed the wicked and delivered His people. This is a testament to all leaders everywhere that they should submit themselves to the leadership of God and follow Him faithfully.

God is known in His City. 76:1-3

God is known in Judah and His name is great in Israel according to the beginning verses of this great hymn. Asaph speaks of how God’s name is known because He has defeated the enemies of His people–His chosen people, Israel. The glow of humble pride, of wonder and thankfulness, is perceptible in the fourfold naming of His great city, Jerusalem. He calls it “Judah, Israel, Salem, and Zion.” All of these names gathered together signify the eloquence of the word “there” in verse three. However, prior to verse three, it speaks of God’s self-revelation to His people. The reason Israel is the object of the acts is because that is where God has chosen to dwell. And since He dwells there, the act of judgment which the psalmist celebrates is performed there.

For whatever time God delivered His people, Asaph hymns his praises after an enemy attacked Jerusalem and was defeated. They were broken by God and ultimately their attacks were unsuccessful. God is known in His city!

God is known to His enemies. 76:4-9

God shines forth as perfect light; for He is Light in all of its perfection and glory. Being resplendent, God illuminates and is glorified wherever He is at all times without limitation. In this hymn, Asaph points out that this glory hails from the lofty heights of the mountains where God sits supreme. He is the great Conqueror and there is no foe that can withstand God. Because this is the case, God subdues the mighty men, puts them to sleep, and they can no longer find their hands to even offer a fight against Almighty God. They are robbed of their might, their weapons, and even their lives. The psalmist is very graphic in this scene that he paints setting before our eyes the process of destruction from its beginning. He shows us the warriors who have fallen in the drowsiness of death. At this point, their might is now quite feeble. With vain struggle these mighty men fought for as long as they could by shooting “lightnings of the bow” against Zion and now they are stiff for evermore. It only takes one word from the lips the God of Jacob, and all the noise of the camp is hushed. We look out at the field of the dead, lying in awful stillness, dreamlessly sleeping their long slumber.

God is to be feared among the nations. No one can stand in His anger. However, in God’s anger resides love as well. It is a blending of anger and love. While no creature can bear the terrible heat of God’s anger, nor endure the weight of His anger, the most awful manifestations thereof have a side of tenderness and an inner purpose of blessing. The core of God’s judgment is mercy. It is worthy of God to destroy those who oppress and to save those who are afflicted–those who not only suffer, but those who also trust in Him. When God makes His judgments to reverberate from on high, earth shall keep an awed silence and stillness, as nature does when thunder peals. At the end of the hideous tumult and the thunderous sound of God’s anger comes silence from all of Creation, but especially from God’s enemies. God is known to His enemies!

God is known by His victories over all. 76:10-12

This final strophe in this great hymn of the faith magnifies God’s name by His treatment of opposing men, who set themselves against Him. While they fume with fury ultimately it is brought down low to His praise. The wrath of mighty men ultimately surround God with praise while His wraths are brought down upon His enemies. This speaks of God’s unfailing wrath against His enemies. God girds Himself with the residue of His own wrath from eternity to time to eternity once again. His wrath–His judgment–has an unexhausted store ready to flame out if need arise. It is a stern and terrible thought to have of God, but it is solemnly a true thought to have. His lovingkindness out-measures man’s, and so does His judicial judgment. All of God’s divine attributes partake of Infinitude and the stores of His punitive anger are not less deep than those of His gentle goodness.

Therefore, man is summoned to make vows to the Lord and to pay their vows. While Israel is called to worship their God, all the nations around them who lie in the fields of the dead, are called to do homage and bring tribute to Him. This shows that Almighty God–the Judge–can cut off the breath of the highest, or can cut down their pride, as a grape-gatherer does the ripe cluster. Knowing this then brings the kings of all the nations to fear the King of kings: God Almighty–the Judge! God is known by His victories over all!

God Answers His Own Plea

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Psalm 75:1-10 is written by Asaph. It is a song that is given to the “choirmaster,” one who is a superintendent of music for worship in the synagogue. The song itself is set to the tune of “Do Not Destroy,” a common theme throughout Scriptures from God’s people. This phrase, “Do Not Destroy,” is identified as a popular saying and gives a reassuring word from God to His people. Moreover, this song shows us how God answers His own plea from Psalm 74:22, 23: “Rise up, O God! Defend Your honor! Remember how fools insult You all day long! Do not disregard what Your enemies say, or the unceasing shouts of those who defy You.”

God will judge at the appointed time. 75:1-3

Asaph thanks God for being near His people. God is Almighty and His wondrous works are seen everyday all around: from Creation, salvation, redemption, and glorification of His people. Asaph understands these wondrous works as coming from God. All of the these acts are supernatural acts of God and none of them are of man.

In the second verse of this song, we see God speaking. He is asserting His sovereignty as He sets the time and place of all world events. It is clear this is the case when we read Ecclesiastes 3:1-11 that God sets all things in their place and He works all things out for His good pleasure and according to His own will. He delivers on His timetable, on His schedule, not His people’s schedules and certainly not on His enemies’ timetable. Often judgment, even invasion, is His will! But one day He will set all things straight according to His timing and will. And when He does, He will judge with equity! He will judge the earth. He will judge fairly based on His revelation of Himself to mankind so that no one is without excuse.

And how will people react? Verse three says that the people will “dissolve in fear.” That is, they will be in utter terror when the Judge makes Himself known and brings down the gavel in His courtroom. But this melting is not just the people, God’s judgment even affects all of Creation! Micah 1:4 and Nahum 1:5 attest to the melting away or the dissolving of the mountains and the inhabitants of the earth.

However, before discouragement sets in, read what Revelation 21:1-5 says: “Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and earth had ceased to exist, and the sea existed no more. And I saw the holy city–the new Jerusalem–descending out of heaven from God, made ready like a bride adorned for her huasband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying: “Look! The residence of God is among human beings. He will live among them, and they will be His people, and God Himself will be with them. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death will not exist any more–or mourning, or crying, or pain, for the former things have ceased to exist.” And the One seated on the throne said: “Look! I am making all things new!” Then He said to me, “Write it down, because these words are reliable and true.” Wow! This is the promise of the One who is going to bring judgment to the earth and all its inhabitants, and yet He promises to bring His people a new heaven and a new earth!

God has appointed Himself as the Judge. 75:4-8

God speaks as the “Moral Guide” as His laws reflect His very character. God warns the wicked to change their heart attitude toward Him. They should not arrogantly defy God by lifting up their horns. This is a metaphor from the animal world which signifies a defiant strutting and a self-centered, self-interested, and self-confidence that they can do as they please apart from the Creator. It speaks of the defiance of the wicked against God. These pagans, wicked, trespassers, insolent, and iniquitous people. These are stiff-necked people, but God warns that they ought not speak with this stiff neck, this stubborn rebellion against Him. They need to come to realize that He will judge and that there is no help from any earthly direction to come to their aid or to their rescue.

For the time being, they may think they have the upper hand on God, or so it would seem, but God will set all things straight. There is no other arbiter but God. No worldly rank will bring any kind of provision and there will be no reversal to God’s judgment. Whom He exalts He exalts, and whom He judges He judges. God exalts the righteous and raises their characters to be that of righteousness. Remember what 1 Samuel 2:7 says: “The Lord impoverishes and makes wealthy; He humbles and exalts.” What shall our response be to God being the Judge? James 4:10 says: “Humble yourselves before the Lord and He will exalt you.” Humility must reign in our lives, knowing that we are sinful people and we need the Savior–the Lord Jesus Christ.

The wicked are warned by the psalmist because the Judge, who is God, will bring His full wrath against the wicked, His enemies. He will pour out His cup of judgment which is a mixture of “hot spice,” that is, something that will cause vomiting, crazed prostration, and reeling from the burning sensation that one experiences from God’s judgment. It’s certainly nothing that anyone truly wants to face, but those who are against the One true and Living God will.

God’s judgment is worthy of our praise. 75:9, 10

Asaph concludes this song publicly by praising God for judging His enemies. The horns symbolize strength, and they picture animals. Israel’s enemies will lose their strength, but God’s people will grow stronger. God is most likely speaking in verse ten. His role as Judge of all the earth means justice first for Himself then for His people. He will answer His plea for His justice to win at the end of the day. This day will inevitably come, and we need to keep it in view since God waits to judge. The Judge of all the earth will do justly because that is all that He can do. He is perfectly holy without limitation in perfection. He is perfectly righteous without limitation in perfection. He is perfectly just without limitation in perfection. God is worthy of all praise! He deserves our praise! All praise, honor, and blessing belong to Him.

So what can the wicked do today not to face God’s righteous judgment?

The Bible is clear! Romans 10:9, 10 says: “If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and thus has righteousness and with the mouth one confesses and thus has salvation.” Have you believed Jesus Christ to be your Lord and Savior? Have you trusted Him to wash you clean of all your wickedness and sin? When you turn to Him for salvation, the Bible also says in Romans 10:13: “For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Call on Jesus Christ today to be saved, and His answer will be that you are saved in Him! Then you, too, will declare the wondrous works of our Everlasting God!

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A Woman’s Plea & God’s Answer

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First Samuel 1 tells us about a story of God’s faithfulness and grace toward Hannah. Here’s a brief outline that covers the first chapter. This message was preached on Mother’s Day at Sagamore Baptist Church, May 10, 2020. Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there!

  1. Some women are brokenhearted. 1:3-8
  2. Some women make their pleas known to God. 1:9-11
  3. Men just don’t understand women. 1:12-18
  4. The Lord remembers you right where you are. 1:19-20
  5. the Lord accepts your sacrifices. 1:21-28

Hope this encourages you along the way. And to my Mom, I say that I love you with all my heart!

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