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Saturday, April 30, 2016

PSALM 76
 
Most think this psalm was written later and speaks of the divine intervention by God as told in
 II Kings  19.   This is an amazing story.  No wonder the psalmist says...


 
"God is known in Judah;
His name is great in Israel."
(verse 1)
 
 "Thou art more glorious and excellent than the mountain of prey." (KJV)
Thou art resplendent, More majestic than the mountains of prey." (NASV)
(verse 4)
(Mountains of prey: kingdoms acquired by violence, murder, and robbery.)
 
II Kings 19
 
What happened is Hezekiah was being bullied, intimidated by the king of Assyria. 
The bad king sent letters:


 
"Thus you shall say to Hezekiah king of Judah, 'Do not let your god in whom you trust deceive you saying, Jerusalem shall not be given into the hand of the king of Assyria..." (verse10)
 
"Hezekiah read it, and he went up to the house of the Lord and spread it out before the Lord.  And Hezekiah prayed before the Lord and said, 'O Lord, the God of Israel, who art enthroned above the cherubim, Thou art the God, Thou alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth.  Thou hast made heaven and earth...listen to the words of Sennacherib,  has sent to reproach the living God.  Truly, O Lord,  the kings of Assyria have devastated the nations and their lands and have cast their gods into the fire, for they were not gods but the work of men's hands, wood and stone.  So they have destroyed them.  And now, O Lord our God, I pray, deliver us from this hand that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that Thou alone, O  Lord, art God.'
(verses 14-19)


 
Isaiah put his two cents worth in with God on behalf of Hezekiah and the kingdom...
She has despised you and mocked you,
The virgin daughter of Zion;
She has shaken her head behind you,
The daughter of Jerusalem!
Whom have you reproached and blasphemed?
And against whom have you raised your voice,
And haughtily lifted up your eyes?
Against the Holy One of Israel!
Through your messengers you have reproached the Lord,
...But I know your sitting down,
And your going out and your coming in,
And your raging against me...
And because your arrogance has come up to My ears.
Therefore, I will put My hook in your nose,
And My bridle in your lips,
And I will turn you back by the way you came...
For I will defend this city to save it for My own sake
and for My servant David's sake.'
Then it happened that night that the angel of the Lord went out,
and struck 185,000 in the camp of the Assyrians;
and when men rose early in the morning, behold all of them were dead.
So Sennacherib king of Assyria returned home."
(verses 21-35)

 
I would say that God despises arrogance, especially when it is spit out on his own. 
Like my husband likes to quote, "Don't tug on Superman's cape...or spit into the wind."

 
There are real enemies out there, there is genocide against Christians which seems far away, yet missionaries from Africa have recently asked for prayer for their ministry friends in Mozambique who are being attacked and killed systematically if caught out on the road.  It is not just in the Middle East, but in Sudan, Kenya, and as far as Mozambique  One of those who is in danger is a young man from Loma Rica--a friend of our sons-in-law-- who married a woman from Africa, and they are serving as missionaries. 
Is that close enough?
 
Do what Hezekiah did.  He spread it all out before the Lord and prayed.
Then "The stout-hearted are spoiled.  The boasting blasphemers, such as Sennacherib, Rabshakeh, and their master, the king of Assyria." 
 "It was not by any human means that his immense army was overthrown: it was by the power of God alone." 
(Adam Clarke)
 
 
Just a word of warning:
"With a remnant of wrath Thou shalt gird Thyself."
He is still dressed and ready to defend the humble.

It's like when it comes to your kids, you are like, "Mess with my kids, you mess with me."
Mama's got her "remnant of wrath" on, just in case it's needed.
What?  You don't have that wrapped around your middle?
Well, get it on!
At least call on God for help when needed.
 
 
 
 


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