Psalms 76: A Powerful God
Psalms 76 reminded me about how we serve a God who is above all the military power in the world. His power is beyond human comprehension, and it is futile for people to try to contend with His power.
Psa 76:3 There brake he the arrows of the bow, the shield, and the sword, and the battle. Selah.
Psa 76:4 Thou art more glorious and excellent than the mountains of prey.
Psa 76:5 The stouthearted are spoiled, they have slept their sleep: and none of the men of might have found their hands.
Psa 76:6 At thy rebuke, O God of Jacob, both the chariot and horse are cast into a dead sleep.
Psa 76:7 Thou, even thou, art to be feared: and who may stand in thy sight when once thou art angry?
At this time, all of these weapons were state-of-the-art. They might not seem like much to us in modern times, but these were indeed the weapons of general warfare, and God was above them. For today, you could substitute machine guns, nuclear submarines and stealth bombers, and the analogy would still hold. It doesn’t matter what the technology is, but the point of the passage is that God is above any type of earthly power that might develop.
Look at the final verse I gave you. It is a rhetorical question. Who can stand against God when He is angry? Obviously, after reading the preceding verses, your response is supposed to be that nobody has the power to stand against God. If the military can’t do it, and if the military is the best expression of human power that we have on earth, then who out there would be able to contend with God?
Think about it. Military generally have the power to overrun. If you have a well-organized and well-equipped army, they have the potential to impose their will on most people on earth. It is hard to resist that kind of force.
However, God is above that. Even the brave and the stouthearted can’t stand against God. The strongest military can’t do it either.
What does that tell you and me?
I think that we need to recognize this power. We live in a world where people don’t always want to acknowledge that God is this kind of being. They create some kind of fluffy image that strips Him of His power. That is simply incorrect. God is indeed powerful, and as a result, He deserves our worship and our respect.