This is a victory song. Asaph was writing this about a battle that the Lord helped them win and destroy their adversaries. They gave credit to God for the victory but revealing howHe overcame the enemies of Israel. Scholars believe that this particular psalm refers to the defeat of Sennacherib, and his army, which came up against Jerusalem in the times of Hezekiah, and was destroyed by an angel in one night, and so slept their sleep. Psalm 76 reminds us to revere God for who He really is: our Savior!
Do you celebrate and praise God for the victories He has given you? Or maybe as you are reading this you find yourself in a predicament where youare the one coming against God’s people. If so, this is an example of what will happen should you continue to rise up against God’s people. However, if we humble ourselves and recognize Him as the King He is, then we will be saved. Verse 9 shows us that God is not only wrathful (exacting justice and judgment) but also merciful and loving. Like a mother hen defending her chicks, but on a much larger scale!
We find ourselves in a spiritual war, but the battle has already been won! God has defeated our enemy who continually tries to convince us otherwise. Remember the words of Paul in Romans 8:
36 Just as it is written, “FOR YOUR SAKE WE ARE BEING PUT TO DEATH ALL DAY WE WERE CONSIDERED AS SHEEP TO BE SLAUGHTERED.” 37 But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.