Psalm 76 Outline
– Most people in Judah believe in God (Psalm 76:1-3)
– God is powerful and majestic in appearance (Psalm 76:4-10)
– Let all the people on earth fear God (Psalm 76:11-12)
Psalm 76 Summary
In Psalm 76:1-3, most people in Judah believe in God. God’s presence is in Salem, an ancient name for Jerusalem. God dwells in his temple in Zion, another name for Jerusalem. Mount Zion includes Mount Moriah, the place where King Solomon built the temple. God helped David to defeat the inhabitants of Zion and conquer it.
In Psalm 76:4-10, the psalmist described God as someone very bright with light, that he is much more majestic that mountains filled with many game animals. God has power over valiant men, warriors, horse and chariots. God alone is to be feared. God judge the inhabitants of the earth and no one can stand up to his judgment. God protects the afflicted. God’s wrath against the wicked will cause the people to bring him praises.
In Psalm 76:11-12, make vows to God and fulfill them. Let all the neighboring lands bring gifts to God. God is the one that humble the rulers of the earth. God is to be feared by the kings of the earth.
Psalm 76 Bible Study
1. Fear God
We must fear God by obeying all his commandments. If you make promises to God, you must keep them otherwise it is considered as lying to God. In Proverbs 8:13, the fear of the Lord is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate. In Proverbs 1:7, the fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction. In Matthew 10:28, and fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. In 1 John 4:18, there is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. In Ecclesiastes 2:13, let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. In Exodus 20:20, and Moses said unto the people, Fear not: for God is come to prove you, and that his fear may be before your faces, that ye sin not.