Psalms 73 – 78

Psalm 73 – Instruction based on individual experience
Psalm 74 – Communal prayer: God has “rejected” his people
Psalm 75 – Praise to God: His “Name is near” and he cuts off the horns of the wicked but causes the “horns of the righteous” to be “lifed up”
Psalm 76 – Celebration: God’s “name is great” in Israel; he “breaks the spirit of [enemy] rulers”
Psalm 77 – Individual prayer: God has rejected him
Psalm 78 – Instruction based on communal experience

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One Reply to “Psalms 73 – 78”

  1. Psalm 73. Those who are far from God will perish, even though they enjoy temporary wealth.  Yet God is always with those who choose life and will be for eternity.

    Psalm 74. This desperate psalm is longing for God, seeking him indeed. In verse 9 we read:

     We are given no signs from God;  no prophets are left, and none of us knows how long this will be.

    Even though this appears to be the theme of the day, “God is my King from long ago; he brings salvation on the earth” (74:12)

    Psalm 75. “It is God who judges: He brings one, exalts another…as for me…I will sing praise to the God of Jacob” (75:7,9). It’s our choice, let’s affirm our conviction.

    Psalm 76. This psalm begins with “God is renowned in Judah; in Israel his name is great” as a reminder of who we are to worship and serve. Kings and rulers will be brought down by God’s wrath, they will learn to fear him.

    Psalm 77. Your ways are great God, your miracles will be remembered for we will sing of you forever! “You led your people like a flock by the hand of Moses and Aaron” (77:20).

    Psalm 78. Summarizes the Exodus, the people’s rebellion and God’s amazing provision.

    We will not hide them from their descendants; we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord, his power, and the wonders he has done…Human beings ate the bread of angels; he sent them all the food they could eat. (78:4, 25)

    Through all of these stubborn people God kept his promise.  Eventually, he choose David as king to shepherd “them with integrity of heart; with skillful hands he led them” (78:72).

    We have much to learn from these psalms, in particular we should remember our heritage, our rebellious attitude, especially as we witness to others who are really just acting like so many before. Lord help me to be patient with those who don’t know you, who can’t sing songs of joy they way we can. Give me a longing to lead them to you!

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