Read Psalm 76 today.
How does the psalmist describe the power of God?
How is the word “fear” used in relation to God?
The greatness of God causes creation and kings to fear him.
As you reflect on this, pray in these ways and any other way the Holy Spirit leads.
That we would regularly remember the grandness and power of God.
As we remember, that we would be humbled, and seek to submit and surrender our will to his ways.
That we would confess the ways we control, seize power, and manipulate in order to get our way rather than love God and love others.
That we would make time to reflect and recognize God’s power, having a posture that is ready to serve.
To the Pure and Shining One
Asaph’s poetic tune, a song of smiting
1 God is well known in the land of Judah.
He is famous throughout Israel,
2 making his home in Jerusalem, living here on Mount Zion.
3 That’s where he smashes every weapon of war
that comes against him.
That’s where he uses the broken arrows
as kindling for his mighty bonfire.
Pause in his presence
4 God, you are so resplendent and radiant!
Your majesty shines from your everlasting mountain.
Nothing could be compared to you in glory!
5 Even the mightiest of men have been paralyzed by your presence.
They were so stunned and lifeless,
not even the strongest one could lift a hand.
6 When Jacob’s God roared his rebuke,
soldiers and their steeds all fell to the ground,
stunned and lying still.
7 No wonder you are greatly feared! You are the awe-inspiring God!
For who could ever stand before your face
when your fierce anger burns and live to tell about it.
8 As the earth itself holds its breath in awe before you,
judgment is decreed from heaven.
9 You arise to punish evil and defend the gentle upon the earth.
Pause in his presence
10You have power to transform man’s futile anger into praise.
The fury of your enemies only causes your fame to increase.
11So you’d better keep every promise you’ve ever made
to the Awesome One, Yahweh!
Let all people bring their extravagant gifts to him alone.
12He is famous for breaking the spirit of the powers that be.
And the kings of the earth will know him as the Fearsome One!
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