Psalm 76: Judgment from Above

By what means can people know God?

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Psalm 76:1–2 To the minister of music, a song of Asaph for stringed instruments.
People in Judah know God. Throughout Israel, people know how great he is.
God resides in Jerusalem, at peace there in his tent.
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Psalm 76:1–2 <To the chief Musician on Neginoth, A Psalm or Song of Asaph.> In Judah is God known: his name is great in Israel. In Salem also is his tabernacle, and his dwelling place in Zion.

Does God promote peace or strife? Why?

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Psalm 76:3 He has destroyed the weapons of warfare there, the shields and swords and fiery arrows. Pause to think about that.
Matthew 10:32 If anyone publicly acknowledges me before men, I will publicly acknowledge him before my Father in Heaven.
Romans 5:1 Being justified by faith, we are no longer God’s enemies. We know peace through our Lord Jesus Christ,
Ephesians 2:14 He brought peace between us and God by removing the wall that separated us,
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Psalm 76:3 There brake he the arrows of the bow, the shield, and the sword, and the battle. Selah.
Matthew 10:32 Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven.
Romans 5:1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:
Ephesians 2:14 For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;

If we can’t see God, how can we describe his majesty?

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Psalm 76:4 You are wonderful, God, more majestic than the mountains, rich in beauty and abundance.
King James
Psalm 76:4 Thou art more glorious and excellent than the mountains of prey.

What does it mean to be caught sleeping? Why might that be a problem?

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Psalm 76:5 Valiant soldiers have been robbed as they slept, unable to lift a hand against their enemies.
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Psalm 76:5 The stouthearted are spoiled, they have slept their sleep: and none of the men of might have found their hands.

If the enemy must stop at the sound of God’s voice, why doesn’t he speak more frequently?

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Psalm 76:6 God of Jacob, when you speak against the enemy, horses and chariots are stopped dead in their tracks.
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Psalm 76:6 At thy rebuke, O God of Jacob, both the chariot and horse are cast into a dead sleep.

Do people have a reason to fear God? Why? Under what circumstances might they have no reason to fear?

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Psalm 76:7 You are to be respected and feared, because nobody can withstand your anger.
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Psalm 76:7 Thou, even thou, art to be feared: and who may stand in thy sight when once thou art angry?

When God judges from above, what valid excuse can we offer for our wrongdoing?

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Psalm 76:8–9 You judge from above, seeing all things. Earth was afraid and cringed in silence when God arose to deliver everyone in need. Pause to consider that.
Romans 1:20 They have no excuse for not believing and doing the good they know to do, since the power and nature of our invisible God can be clearly observed in his creation.
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Psalm 76:8–9 Thou didst cause judgment to be heard from heaven; the earth feared, and was still, When God arose to judgment, to save all the meek of the earth. Selah.
Romans 1:20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:

What can justify our not receiving the punishment we deserve?

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Psalm 76:10 Surely your vengeance will bring praise from those who repent and are saved from your wrath upon others.
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Psalm 76:10 Surely the wrath of man shall praise thee: the remainder of wrath shalt thou restrain.

Why should we avoid making promises we don’t keep?

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Psalm 76:11 Make your promises to the Lord God and be sure to keep them. Let everyone bring offerings to him who should be revered.
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Psalm 76:11 Vow, and pay unto the Lord your God: let all that be round about him bring presents unto him that ought to be feared.

How does God change the way people feel about themselves?

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Job 38:1–5 Then the Lord spoke to Job out of the whirlwind. “Who is questioning my wisdom with words that lack knowledge? Now get ready to answer the questions I have for you. Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? Tell me if you understand how I did that. Who determined its measurements and stretched the line to be sure it was right?”
Psalm 76:12 God destroys the pride of princes and turns kings into cowards.
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Job 38:1–5 Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said, Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge? Gird up now thy loins like a man; for I will demand of thee, and answer thou me. Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding. Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest? or who hath stretched the line upon it?
Psalm 76:12 He shall cut off the spirit of princes: he is terrible to the kings of the earth.