Author: Asaph – to be sung as a song
Verse 1 – In Judah God is known; His name is great in all Israel.
Verse 2 – In Salem also is His tabernacle, and His dwelling place in Zion (Jerusalem).
Verse 3 – There He broke the arrows of bow, the shield and sword of battle. Selah (Salem is a shortened form of Jerusalem.)
Verse 4 – You are more glorious and excellent than the mountains of prey.
Verse 5 – The stout-hearted were plundered; they have sunk into their sleep; and none of the mighty men have found the use of their hands.
God’s enemies do not show courage by fighting against Him, it’s futile. Their actions demonstrate their stubborn nature.
Verse 6 – At Your rebuke, O God of Jacob, both the chariot and horse were cast into a deep sleep.
This verse refers to Pharaoh and his chariots being drown in the Red Sea while pursuing the Israelites (Exodus 15:1-21).
Verse 7 – You, Yourself are to be feared; and who may stand in Your presence when once You are angry?
Verse 8 – You caused judgment to be heard from heaven; the earth feared and was still,
Verse 9 – when God arose to judgment, to deliver all the oppressed of the earth. Selah
Verse 10 – Surely the wrath of man shall praise You; with the remainder of wrath You shall gird Yourself.
How can man’s wrath bring praise to God? Hostility towards God and His people, gives God the opportunity to do miraculous works for His people. God turns the tables on evil doers and brings glory to Himself, for He alone is worthy. For those who are delivered from the enemies, we praise the God who did it!
Verse 11 – Make vows to the Lord your God, and pay them; let all who are around Him bring presents to Him who ought to be feared.
Verse 12 – He shall cut off the spirit of princes; He is awesome to the kings of the earth.
The faithful and willing, bring worship to God for deliverance from the enemy. Continue to worship and thank Him before you ever see the end result. He is faithful to His Word and will do exactly what He says.