Victorious God almighty Psalm 76

Our Daily Homily By F.B. Meyer

Psalm 76:10

“Surely the wrath of man shall praise thee: the remainder of wrath shalt thou restrain.”

FROM this review of the fate of the foes of Israel, the psalmist comes to this conclusion. He has seen the serried hosts of Sennacherib come up against the city of God, but the warriors have slept their sleep: it was as though the Almighty had snapped the instruments of war across his knee. The wrath of man had been allowed up to a certain point, to bring into clear evidence the greater power of God; and then He had quietly put a term to its further manifestation.

Pharaoh’s wrath against Israel only served to make God’s mighty arm conspicuous. So with Herod, who took Peter to behead him; and with the high priests who fumed against the early Church. So shall it be with the arch-enemy of all. Christ is mightier than he. All he has done has acted as a foil to our Lord’s glorious majesty. What he has wrought against man has only brought out more of the grace and the love of God. So shall it be to the end, when there shall be an eternal limit put to his hellish deeds, for he shall be bound by a great chain and cast into the bottomless pit.

Ah, tried soul, what is permitted to happen in your life will tend ultimately and eternally to the praise and glory of God, if only you will abide in Him, and suffer bravely, nobly, in the grace of Christ. And there always will be a restraint. There will always be a “thus far and no farther.” God’s faithfulness will not let us be tempted above that we are able. When the lesson is learnt, and the opportunity for the revelation of God is complete, and the tried soul is proved to have won as its reward the crown of life, then God will stay the enemy and avenger, and give spoils more glorious than mountains of prey.
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Psalm 76
To the Chief Musician; on stringed instruments. A Psalm of Asaph. A song.
1In Judah is God known: his name is great in Israel.
2In Salem also is his tabernacle, and his dwelling place in Zion.
3There brake he the arrows of the bow, the shield, and the sword, and the battle. Selah.
4Thou art more glorious and excellent than the mountains of prey.
5The stouthearted are spoiled, they have slept their sleep: and none of the men of might have found their hands.
6At thy rebuke, O God of Jacob, both the chariot and horse are cast into a dead sleep.
7Thou, even thou, art to be feared: and who may stand in thy sight when once thou art angry?
8Thou didst cause judgment to be heard from heaven; the earth feared, and was still,
9When God arose to judgment, to save all the meek of the earth. Selah.
10Surely the wrath of man shall praise thee: the remainder of wrath shalt thou restrain.
11Vow, and pay unto the LORD your God: let all that be round about him bring presents unto him that ought to be feared.
12He shall cut off the spirit of princes: he is terrible to the kings of the earth.

serried hosts of Sennacherib
Serried = Pressed or crowded together, especially in rows: troops in serried ranks.
Sennacherib = Sennacherib was the King of Assyria. Assyria was a very strong country to the north and east of Judah. About 700 years before Jesus came to the earth, Sennacherib attacked Judah. But God fought for Judah. Sennacherib did not win the war. Many of his soldiers died. The story is in Isaiah chapters 36 and 37; and also in 2 Kings 18 and 19.
Psalm 76 (like 46, 47, 48 and 75) is about what happened in this war. It tells us that God did not let the enemy destroy Jerusalem. In the psalm, there are two other names for Jerusalem: Salem and Zion, verse 2. “Salem” means “*peace” (or no fighting); Zion is the name of the hill where the *Israelites built their *temple. The *temple was the place where they met to *praise God. (http://www.easyenglish.info/psalms/psalm076-taw.htm)

“Pharaoh’s wrath against Israel only served to make God’s mighty arm conspicuous.”
Conspicuous = 1. clearly visible; obvious or showy 2. attracting attention because of a striking quality or feature

Meyer certainly have made me improve my English. The words used, the flow of thoughts, the expressions, is unlike any devotional text I have used before. Daily Homily is used by my Church, and since the Church used, I used.

Today’s devotion to me summarily is “God will ‘brake the arrows of the bow, the shield, and the sword, and the battle.’ Of our enemy. The devil, Satan.

Again, I do not think it is coincidence that I had been reading(not studying) Revelations. In it’s face value of Revelations, it talks of God, Jesus sovereignty over the evil one, and those people who loath the almighty King of kings, and Lord of lords. How he will vanquish all his foes.

“God’s faithfulness will not let us be tempted above that we are able.”
1 Cor 10:13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

This reminds me another portion of the bible in James 1:12-16
12Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.
13Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:
14But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.
15Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.
16Do not err, my beloved brethren.

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~ by ymsim on 2010/03/24.

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