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Psalm Seventy Six

by Dr. Henry M. Morris

(taken from the Defender's Study Bible)

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To the chief Musician on Neginoth, A Psalm or Song of Asaph.

Neginoth. On the meaning of Neginoth, see note on the title of Psalm 4 and note on the title of Psalm 61.

Psalm 76:1 In Judah is God known: his name is great in Israel.

Psalm 76:2 In Salem also is his tabernacle, and his dwelling place in Zion.

Salem. This is the only place in the Old Testament where the name of “Jerusalem” (“the City of Peace”) is abbreviated to “Salem” (or simply “Peace”). Since this psalm is looking forward to the millennium, when God “shall speak peace” (Zechariah 9:10) to all nations, and “out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem” (Isaiah 2:3), the city may then be known simply as Salem. It is true that Melchizedek was called “the king of Salem” in the days of Abraham (Genesis 14:18), but this was probably a theophany, not referring to an earthly city at all, but to the heavenly city (see note on Hebrews 7:2, etc.).

Psalm 76:3 There brake he the arrows of the bow, the shield, and the sword, and the battle. Selah

Psalm 76:4 Thou art more glorious and excellent than the mountains of prey.

Psalm 76:5 The stouthearted are spoiled, they have slept their sleep: and none of the men of might have found their hands.

Psalm 76:6 At thy rebuke, O God of Jacob, both the chariot and horse are cast into a dead sleep.

Psalm 76:7 Thou, even thou, art to be feared: and who may stand in thy sight when once thou art angry?

Psalm 76:8 Thou didst cause judgment to be heard from heaven; the earth feared, and was still,

Psalm 76:9 When God arose to judgment, to save all the meek of the earth. Selah

Psalm 76:10 Surely the wrath of man shall praise thee: the remainder of wrath shalt thou restrain.

wrath of man. In ways beyond our present comprehension, God will receive greater glory in eternity because He has allowed sin and human rebellion for a season than if He had never permitted it at all. Thus we shall know Him as Savior as well as Creator. However, this can only be so if He allows it just for a season; it cannot go on forever; the remainder of wrath He shall restrain!

Psalm 76:11 Vow, and pay unto the LORD your God: let all that be round about him bring presents unto him that ought to be feared.

Psalm 76:12 He shall cut off the spirit of princes: he is terrible to the kings of the earth.