Daily Family Worship

Psalm 76: The Victorious Warrior

by | May 22, 2024

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This is a song of thanksgiving, and it has the same theme as Psalm 46. It gives thanks unto the Lord for preserving His Word and worship in Jerusalem; and it shows how He protects and defends His people, by marvelous deeds and wonders, against all kings and tyrants – as was exemplified in the case of the defeat of Sennacherib, when he advanced against Jerusalem and blasphemed the name of Jehovah (Isa. 36 and 37). The Lord, the Divine Majesty, is a mighty “Man of war.” He holds the hearts and spirits of kings and rulers in His hand; and He can fill His enemies with fear, and break their minds and spirits, whenever He pleases – with a single nod of His will. In this manner, Jehovah fights for His Church against brutal tyrants and dangerous enemies. In the very midst of the course of their fury and their hostile roaring, He brings down and breaks their spirits with fear; and it is a terrible thing indeed to kick and fight against Him – for in the blinking of an eye, He can take away the spirit of a man, which is the chief thing in battle! Moreover, Satan himself continually makes war against the children of God, with his unceasing rage and his horrible desire to destroy; he has confidence in his might, but it is all in vain. Why? Because the Lord Jesus Christ has already defeated Him in that monumental battle that took place 2,000 years ago on Calvary’s hill! He is already a vanquished foe. And now, even though he still tries to attack us with his deadly weapons, the Lord has given us the shield of faith. And when we lift up this shield in His strength, the devil can do nothing except shrink back in defeat! This Psalm, therefore, should greatly comfort us; for herein we are assured that we have our Lord Jesus as our Warrior and our Captain, Who can strike down all our foes without any force or weapons of men!

The tenth verse of this Psalm declares, “Surely the wrath of man shall praise thee: the remainder of wrath shalt thou restrain.” This is a most beautiful verse, and it contains a most important doctrine. We can easily see how the Lord can cause all His Divine perfections to set forth His glory; but when He makes the very wrath of man and the malice of His enemies to promote that end, and to produce the very reverse of what they intend – this displays the Divine hand even more significantly! We have many illustrious examples of this in the Word of God. The cruelty manifested by the brothers of Joseph, in selling him as a slave, was used by the Lord to glorify His name in the preservation of all the family of Jacob (Gen. 45:7-8). The wrath of Haman against Mordecai laid the foundation for the Lord’s praise in the ruin of Haman, the exaltation of Mordecai, and the deliverance of the Jews (Est. 3:5-6; 7:10). But above all, the glorious instance of the death of Christ – which the malice and wrath of the Jews accomplished – has become the ground of everlasting praise, from the millions of lost souls who have been and shall be redeemed thereby! (Acts 2:36)

In light of this thought, all people everywhere would do well to heed the Psalmist’s admonition in verses 11 and 12: “Vow, and pay unto the Lord your God: let all that be round about him bring presents unto him that ought to be feared. He shall cut off the spirit of princes: he is terrible to the kings of the earth.” Since our God is so great and so gracious, we would be wise indeed to seek His favor and His love! Let us not neglect the rich, free, and sovereign salvation which He has manifested toward His people in the finished work, offices, and Person of His dear Son, the Lord Jesus Christ!

Lord Jesus, we praise You as our Warrior and our Captain, Who can strike down all our spiritual foes without any force or weapons of men! We thank You for destroying all the powers of our spiritual enemies, and for being the blessed and victorious Friend of poor sinners! Amen.

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