PSALM 76 - I shall Choose 17 Jan 2020
"You, you alone, strike terror!" A final judgement could be like a final war. Certainly peace shall come. The cost may be high.
Up to Me
Vs. 11 says: "Make and fulfil your vows to Yahweh your God,
let those who surround him make offerings to the Awesome One."
My interpretation is: I choose. I can and shall make a vow to God. Make, is an instruction. I shall do it. And I shall fulfill it. No-one else can fulfill my vow to God. God wants to know my response to Him. And I will be judged according to my response. I am supposed to bring an offer to God. I choose.
1 [For the choirmaster. For strings. Psalm Of Asaph. Song]
God is acknowledged in Judah,
his name is great in Israel,
2 his tent is pitched in Salem,
his dwelling is in Zion;
3 there he has broken the lightning-flashes of the bow,
shield and sword and war. Pause
4 Radiant you are,
and renowned for the mountains of booty 5 taken from them.
Heroes are now sleeping their last sleep,
the warriors' arms have failed them;
6 at your reproof, God of Jacob,
chariot and horse stand stunned.
7 You, you alone, strike terror!
Who can hold his ground in your presence when your anger strikes?
8 From heaven your verdicts thunder,
the earth is silent with dread
9 when God takes his stand to give judgement,
to save all the humble of the earth. Pause
10 Human anger serves only to praise you,
the survivors of your anger will huddle round you.
11 Make and fulfil your vows to Yahweh your God,
let those who surround him make offerings to the Awesome One.
12 He cuts short the breath of princes,
strikes terror in earthly kings.
Excerpt from THE NEW JERUSALEM BIBLE, copyright (c) 1985 by
Darton, Longman & Todd, Ltd. and Doubleday, a division
of Penguin Random House, Inc. Reprinted by Permission.
God Strikes Terror