Daily Devotional: Psalms 76:1-12
1 In Judah God is known; his name is great in Israel. 2 His tent is in Salem, his dwelling place in Zion. 3 There he broke the flashing arrows, the shields and the swords, the weapons of war. Selah 4 You are resplendent with light, more majestic than mountains rich with game. 5 Valiant men lie plundered, they sleep their last sleep; not one of the warriors can lift his hands. 6 At your rebuke, O God of Jacob, both horse and chariot lie still. 7 You alone are to be feared. Who can stand before you when you are angry? 8 From heaven you pronounced judgment, and the land feared and was quiet--9 when you, O God, rose up to judge, to save all the afflicted of the land. Selah 10 Surely your wrath against men brings you praise, and the survivors of your wrath are restrained. 11 Make vows to the LORD your God and fulfill them; let all the neighboring lands bring gifts to the one to be feared. 12 He breaks the spirit of rulers; he is feared by the kings of the earth.
17 So if God gave them the same gift as he gave us, who believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I to think that I could oppose God?"
Whether a nation or one of us as an individual, who are we to oppose God? In the book of Job where he is suffering, we see his humanity come out because he was a person just like you and me. We are told he was a man of faith and he is called a person of patience but in my mind, he comes mighty close to arguing with God.
He recognizes that God is in control but he knows he has not done anything to deserve what he is suffering so he struggles to understand why. He begs to see God face to face and explain and question him. He is sure he can convince God that he is wrong or at least get an explanation from him.
Finally, God speaks to Job. It is then that he realizes the supreme majesty of the God he serves! His challenge to God becomes like water and shames him for uttering it from his lips. When we let the Majesty of God sink into our hearts, we will never again argue with him or question his wisdom for us. He is supreme in all things, from the worlds greatest power to our individual hearts and lives.
O LORD God, it is with deep humility that I come to you this morning and open my heart to you in praise and adoration. Yet, I know that through the blood of Jesus I can come to your throne of grace with boldness and assurance, so I give you thanks for this. You know my every weakness and you know when I sin but you also know that in my heart, I want to do your will and be like Jesus. Thank you for continuing to forgive me for his sake. Give me a heart of compassion, kindness, and love towards everyone I meet today. I pray in Jesus name.