THE STORY OF JESUS: Psalm 76
“Surely your wrath against mankind brings you praise.” (Psalm 76:10)
What is meant by the wrath of God?
Some synonyms for ‘wrath’ include fury, rage, extreme anger.
How can wrath bring Him praise?
We need to be clear: God is love, God is not wrath.
Some kind of love is the source of all wrath.
Usually in us, that love is self-love, when someone hurts us.
But God’s love is selfless love, love for us and others.
His love is kindled when He sees His people or His creation abused.
In this Psalm, God is not just having a selfish temper tantrum.
He is rising up “to save all the afflicted in the land!” (Psalm 76:9)
God’s righteous anger is presently restrained by mercy and love.
But He remains passionately committed to the underdog.
The day will come when God brings down the cruel, violent, abusers.
On that day, the “afflicted” will finally rejoice with praise!
What do you sense the Lord saying to you?
Lord, help us not just to receive Your gracious love for ourselves. May we be passionate to share this love with the poor and struggling around us, that they too may praise God for His justice and mercy!