When God executes his judgment, he will destroy the wicked and deliver the righteous. The author praises God for his power.
For the Chief Musician. On stringed instruments. A Psalm by Asaph. A song.
VERSE 1. In Judah, God is known. His name is great in Israel.
VERSE 2. His tabernacle is also in Salem; His dwelling place in Zion.
Salem. This is another name for Jerusalem.
VERSE 3. There he broke the flaming arrows of the bow, the shield, and the sword, and the weapons of war. Selah.
VERSE 4. Glorious are you, and excellent, more than mountains of game.
VERSE 5. Valiant men lie plundered, they have slept their last sleep. None of the men of war can lift their hands.
Valiant men lie plundered. Their boldest enemies have been plundered.
VERSE 6. At your rebuke, God of Jacob, both chariot and horse are cast into a dead sleep.
VERSE 7. You, even you, are to be feared. Who can stand in your sight when you are angry?
You … are to be feared. The “fear of God” means different things to different people:
|TYPE OF PEOPLE||THE “FEAR OF GOD” MEANS:|
|Children of God||Reverential respect|
|Enemies of God||Terror|
VERSE 8. You pronounced judgment from heaven. The earth feared, and was silent,
VERSE 9. when God arose to judgment, to save all the afflicted ones of the earth. Selah.
God arose to judgment. God takes a stand for his people.
VERSE 10. Surely the wrath of man praises you. The survivors of your wrath are restrained.
the wrath of man praises you. God can easily turn human defiance into a weapon for his own glory.
VERSE 11. Make vows to the LORD your God, and fulfill them! Let all of his neighbors bring presents to him who is to be feared.
VERSE 12. He will cut off the spirit of princes. He is feared by the kings of the earth.
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