JUNE 13

Read | Psalm 76

God is renowned in Judah;

    in Israel his name is great.

His tent is in Salem,

    his dwelling place in Zion.

There he broke the flashing arrows,

    the shields and the swords, the weapons of war.

You are radiant with light,

    more majestic than mountains rich with game.

The valiant lie plundered,

    they sleep their last sleep;

not one of the warriors

    can lift his hands.

At your rebuke, God of Jacob,

    both horse and chariot lie still.

It is you alone who are to be feared.

    Who can stand before you when you are angry?

From heaven you pronounced judgment,

    and the land feared and was quiet—

when you, God, rose up to judge,

    to save all the afflicted of the land.

Surely your wrath against mankind brings you praise,

    and the survivors of your wrath are restrained.

Make vows to the Lord your God and fulfill them;

    let all the neighboring lands

    bring gifts to the One to be feared.

He breaks the spirit of rulers;

    he is feared by the kings of the earth.

Respond | Ian Graham

Make vows to the Lord your God and fulfill them;

   let all the neighboring lands

   bring gifts to the One to be feared.

He breaks the spirit of rulers;

   he is feared by the kings of the earth.

 

Psalm interrogates our allegiance. Where does your heart, your hope, your trust reside? Psalm 76 will abide no trust in lesser kings, hack politicians with their empty promises and overflowing pockets. The Lord is the one owed our tribute. In our days, this tribute is often paid in attention and expectation. What has your attention? What are you expecting God to do?

***

©2019 Ecclesia Inc.

 

ian@ecclesianj.com609.474.0435