the director of music. With stringed instruments. A psalm of Asaph.
Comments: Another simple and straight forward song from
the house of the singers that acts like a lens that brings into
focus the presence of the Lord in Israel [v.1,2] who has stood
for them [v.3] and revealed His glory [v.4]. Having brought down
enemies [v.5,6] He alone is the one to be feared [v.7], for history
has shown how He has acted on Israel's behalf [v.8,9] and generally
deals with mankind [v.10]. Therefore the wise will ensure they
are rightly related to Him. [v.11,12]. A simple call to be alert
to the Lord and rightly relate to Him.]
God is the God of Israel and of Jerusalem
is renowned in Judah;
in Israel his name is great.
tent is in Salem,
his dwelling place in Zion.
He had stood on their behalf against their enemies [implied]
he broke the flashing arrows,
the shields and the swords, the weapons
He is more glorious and greater than His creation
are radiant with light,
more majestic than mountains rich with
He is the One who has utterly brought down their enemies
valiant lie plundered,
they sleep their last sleep;
not one of the warriors
can lift his hands.
your rebuke, God of Jacob,
both horse and chariot lie still.
He alone is to be feared
is you alone who are to be feared.
Who can stand before you when you are
History shows he has acted from heaven to deliver the Land
heaven you pronounced judgment,
and the land feared and was quiet—
you, God, rose up to judge,
to save all the afflicted of the land.
He intervenes in the affairs of mankind
your wrath against mankind brings you praise,
and the survivors of your wrath are restrained.
Relate rightly to Him because He judges the guilty
vows to the Lord
God and fulfill them;
let all the neighboring lands
bring gifts to the One to be feared.
breaks the spirit of rulers;
he is feared by the kings of the earth.
Comments: Here we see a personal, all-powerful God,
who relates to Israel and acts on their behalf. These facts should
come as a wakeup call to those who oppose His people.]
to Psa 77