Psalm 76 (NIV)
(For the director of music. With stringed instruments. A psalm of Asaph. A song.) 1 God is renowned in Judah; in Israel his name is great. 2 His tent is in Salem, his dwelling place in Zion. 3 There he broke the flashing arrows, the shields and the swords, the weapons of war. 4 You are radiant with light, more majestic than mountains rich with game. 5 The valiant lie plundered, they sleep their last sleep; not one of the warriors can lift his hands. 6 At your rebuke, God of Jacob, both horse and chariot lie still. 7 It is you alone who are to be feared. Who can stand before you when you are angry? 8 From heaven you pronounced judgment, and the land feared and was quiet— 9 when you, God, rose up to judge, to save all the afflicted of the land. 10 Surely your wrath against mankind brings you praise, and the survivors of your wrath are restrained. 11 Make vows to the LORD your God and fulfill them; let all the neighboring lands bring gifts to the One to be feared. 12 He breaks the spirit of rulers; he is feared by the kings of the earth.
In the busyness of life, it is easy to get caught up in the day-to-day activities of family life and work.
And while I know that God is alongside me, sometimes it’s like I put him on par with me, as though he were another person in my life who can help me get things done.
But reading this psalm reminds me of God’s sovereignty and pre-eminence. Who else is well known amongst the nations and makes the city his home? Who else speaks and armies lie still or people grow quiet? No one can lift a hand against you. You have no equal. You are the God of the universe, the creator of heaven and earth. Because of your greatness Lord God you command praise – yet you don’t demand it from me.
When you speak Lord, things happen. And when I offer you praise there is a shift in my perspective. Praise reminds me of your greatness and worthiness, and it creates a doorway that lets you into my life – close and personal, yet above it all.
Father God, I thank you that you are a good God and that you are for me. You are worthy of all praise.
Written by Gab Martin