Psalm 77 is a Psalm that begins with distress and ends with praise. There is a specific movement in this Psalm from an inward focused groan to an outward focused praise of God.
Psalm 76:10 (NLT) Human defiance only enhances your glory, for you use it as a weapon.
What a crazy thought! Even the rebellion of humans brings glory to God. Yet this is consistent with the rest of Scripture. Paul writes about Pharaoh…
Romans 9:17 (ESV) For the Scripture says to Pharaoh, “For this very purpose I have raised you up, that I might show my power in you, and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth.”
Psalm 73 is something you have to read every now and then especially in this celebrity obsessed culture of constant instant entertainment.
Give your love of justice to the king, O God, and righteousness to the king’s son. Help him judge your people in the right way; let the poor always be treated fairly. May the mountains yield prosperity for all, and may the hills be fruitful. Help him to defend the poor, to rescue the children of the needy, and to crush their oppressors. May they fear you as long as the sun shines, as long as the moon remains in the sky. Yes, forever! (Psalms 72:1-5 NLT)
So often we act as if God’s commands were against us. Nothing could be further from the truth. God for us. We are made in his image. He desires Close intimate relationship with us.
The Psalmist writes:
Psalm 71:3 (ESV) Be to me a rock of refuge, to which I may continually come; you have given the command to save me, for you are my rock and my fortress.
I like that particular line: “you have given the command to save me”…
God commands for the national or spiritual out there to protect us and save us. We can’t stray we tend to walk off the cliff of our own destruction. We can to walk and live according to the patterns that lead to disaster.
Proverbs 14:12 (ESV) There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death.