This psalm prophesies God (Jesus) rising up to execute judgment and to deliver all the oppressed of the earth.
God will reveal himself in Judah (v1) and then live in Zion (v2). He will shatter all weapons of war (v3). His majesty will shine forth (v4). Brave warriors will be plundered and killed (v5). This is speaking prophetically of the battle of Armageddon. The sound of Christ's battle cry is enough to kill both horse and rider (v6). Jesus comes to reveal God's intense anger and judgment against the wicked (v7-10). His judgment of the wicked, and deliverance of the oppressed will cause men to praise him (v9-10). This calls for people to fulfil their vows to God and to bring him tribute (v11). He will humble princes and kings will regard him as awesome (v12).
Tags: Jesus rules in Zion, Jesus overthrows earthly rulers, Day of Judgment, Voice of Jesus
1 For the music director, to be accompanied by stringed instruments; a psalm of Asaph, a song.
God has revealed himself in Judah;
in Israel his reputation is great.
2 He lives in Salem;
he dwells in Zion.
3 There he shattered the arrows,
the shield, the sword, and the rest of the weapons of war. (Selah)
4 You shine brightly and reveal your majesty,
as you descend from the hills where you killed your prey.
5 The bravehearted were plundered;
they “fell asleep.”
All the warriors were helpless.
6 At the sound of your battle cry, O God of Jacob,
both rider and horse “fell asleep.”
7 You are awesome! Yes, you!
Who can withstand your intense anger?
8 From heaven you announced what their punishment would be.
The earth was afraid and silent
9 when God arose to execute judgment,
and to deliver all the oppressed of the earth. (Selah)
10 Certainly your angry judgment upon men will bring you praise;
you reveal your anger in full measure.
11 Make vows to the Lord your God and repay them.
Let all those who surround him bring tribute to the awesome one.
12 He humbles princes;
the kings of the earth regard him as awesome.