God is renowned in Judah;
in Israel his name is great.
His tent is in Salem,
his dwelling place in Zion.
There he broke the flashing arrows,
the shields and the swords, the weapons of war.
You are radiant with light,
more majestic than mountains rich with game.
The valiant lie plundered,
they sleep their last sleep;
not one of the warriors
can lift his hands.
At your rebuke, God of Jacob,
both horse and chariot lie still.
It is you alone who are to be feared.
Who can stand before you when you are angry?
From heaven you pronounced judgment,
and the land feared and was quiet—
when you, God, rose up to judge,
to save all the afflicted of the land.
Surely your wrath against mankind brings you praise,
and the survivors of your wrath are restrained.
Make vows to the LORD your God and fulfill them;
let all the neighboring lands
bring gifts to the One to be feared.
He breaks the spirit of rulers;
he is feared by the kings of the earth.
Psalm 76 is a majestic hymn that celebrates God's power and victory over his enemies. It vividly portrays God's triumph and the fear that fills the hearts of those who oppose him. It speaks about the wrath of God, and while this concept might be uncomfortable to us, we must understand it is an essential aspect of God’s character.
How do we reconcile God's wrath with his nature of love and mercy? Simply by understanding that his wrath is not an outburst of uncontrolled anger but a righteous response to evil and injustice. It is the divine judgment that ultimately upholds his justice and establishes his reign. He is a holy God who has to be respected and revered as such.
One day "Jesus entered the temple courts and drove out all who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves. "It is written," he said to them, "'My house will be called a house of prayer,' but you are making it 'a den of robbers.'" (Matthew 21:12-13). This was the wrath of God in action.
The apostle Paul explains, "For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth" (Romans 1:18). Paul emphasizes that God's wrath is directed towards those who lead sinful lives and encourage others to do so too by suppressing the truth. If we look at the world today, we can see how evil people lead others — especially children — away from God. What can such people expect?
However, it's not all bad news. We must note that God's wrath is not his wish for humanity. He wants all to come to repentance and be reconciled to him. The fear of God's wrath can lead to a change of heart, turning people towards repentance and seeking forgiveness. God offers the way of salvation through Jesus Christ. By his sacrificial death on the cross, Jesus took upon himself the wrath of God that was rightfully meant for us. Through faith in him, we can be saved from the wrath of God and experience his love and forgiveness.
So, what's it going to be?
God bless you.