God’s Saving Word: Prayer
Psalm 76: Today’s reading is a hymn of praise that celebrates God’s universal rule. The psalm affirms that God’s dwelling place is Jerusalem on Mount Zion, a city which God protects from enemy attacks.
God the Victor
76 God is known in Judah;
his name is honored in Israel.
2 He has his home in Jerusalem;
he lives on Mount Zion.
3 There he broke the arrows of the enemy,
their shields and swords, yes, all their weapons.
4 How glorious you are, O God!
How majestic, as you return from the mountains
where you defeated your foes.
5 Their brave soldiers have been stripped of all they had
and now are sleeping the sleep of death;
all their strength and skill was useless.
6 When you threatened them, O God of Jacob,
the horses and their riders fell dead.
7 But you, Lord, are feared by all.
No one can stand in your presence
when you are angry.
8 You made your judgment known from heaven;
the world was afraid and kept silent,
9 when you rose up to pronounce judgment,
to save all the oppressed on earth.
10 Human anger only results in more praise for you;
those who survive the wars will keep your festivals.
11 Give the Lord your God what you promised him;
bring gifts to him, all you nearby nations.
God makes everyone fear him;
12 he humbles proud princes
and terrifies great kings.
Today’s Key Verse: Psalm 76:11a
Give the LORD your God what you promised him.
Verse 11 speaks of making a vow to God. In what ways does your community of faith express its promises to God? What promises will you make to God today?
How glorious and majestic you are, O God! I praise you and honor your holy name and promise to serve you always. Amen.
Psalm 77: A prayer of one in distress.