Psalm 76: 8 - 9 “From heaven you pronounced judgment, and the land feared and was quiet-- when you, O God, rose up to judge, to save all the afflicted of the land. "Selah"”
This psalm paints a graphic picture of the Lord’s wrath against an army. It is sobering. There may even be a tendency to skip over this psalm for it may seem to misrepresent a loving God. We can clearly see from this that God is powerful and to be feared by those who don’t know Him and oppose Him.
The point of the psalm is truly verse 9, which says He rose up to judge, to save all the afflicted living in the land. It is true that God loves and protect His children. He will judge the actions of mankind. The word “judge” has a Latin root and means “law” and “to say”. In other words God will have a say in regard to His Law.
Genesis 6 verse 5 and 6 says: “The Lord saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time. The Lord regretted that he had made human beings on the earth, and his heart was deeply troubled.” As a result He brought the flood upon the earth saving only one just man and his family. God could no longer forbear with mankind due to their constant preoccupation with evil.
In Psalm 76 He could not longer tolerate the actions of those armies that were intent on destroying His people and His promised land. Verse 10 says: “Surely your wrath against mankind brings you praise…” This is the response of a loving father. If my children call out to me for help, I respond. When we are in trouble or afflicted, if we call out to our Heavenly Father, He responds. His love for his children will draw out his judgment against those who are afflicting them.
Sometimes we feel our prayers aren’t answered quickly enough. His grace towards all mankind slows His response time. He extends grace for repentance but eventually He acts for those who have called upon His name. Revelation 6 describes a scene in heaven beginning in verse 9: “When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God and the testimony they had maintained.” John was describing what he saw in heaven. The question in chapter 5 was: “who was worthy to open the scroll?” The answer was the Lamb of God. In chapter 6 at the opening of the fifth seal the souls of those who had been slain for their faith were revealed. In verse 10 “They called out in a loud voice, “How long, Sovereign Lord, holy and true, until you judge the inhabitants of the earth and avenge our blood?””
What were they told? “They were told to wait a little longer, until the full number of their fellow servants, their brothers and sisters, were killed just as they had been.” (Verse 11) Judgment will come upon those who oppress His people but it is in His time determined by His grace and His mercy.
Prayer: “Father, we know you are gracious and loving as we are the recipients of your great love. Come and deliver me, my family, my friends from our affliction. We trust in you. In Jesus’ name, amen.”