Reading the Word
Psalm 76:1–6 (ESV)
1 In Judah God is known; his name is great in Israel. 2 His abode has been established in Salem, his dwelling place in Zion. 3 There he broke the flashing arrows, the shield, the sword, and the weapons of war. Selah4 Glorious are you, more majestic than the mountains full of prey. 5 The stouthearted were stripped of their spoil; they sank into sleep; all the men of war were unable to use their hands. 6 At your rebuke, O God of Jacob, both rider and horse lay stunned.
Understanding and Applying the Word
When God makes Himself known, it is a wonderful thing! In Israel, God made Himself known by defending the people against their enemies. While there is no specific mention of the particular circumstances spoken of in this psalm, the Old Testament offers multiple times when this occurred.
Christians today also can relate to these words. God has made Himself known to us by sending his Son to the cross on our behalf. There, the victory over sin and death was won for us. Those who trust in the sacrifice of Jesus Christ have their sins forgiven and God makes His abode within us through the presence of the Holy Spirit. Let us praise Him and give thanks to His great name!
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