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Psalms 75-76

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The Judgment of God

Psalms 75-76

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Lesson Number 56

Background Notes

Doctrinal Point(s)

  1. Believers can be sure that God will judge the wicked.
  2. Believers can be sure that God’s judgment is just.

Practical Application

  1. Praise God that there is a Hell!
  2. Don’t treat God lightly!

Questions

  1. In what way does Psalm 75 logically follow Psalm 74?
  2. What type of psalm is Psalm 75?
  3. Who will drink the full cup of God’s wrath in verse 8?
  4. What other names refer to Jerusalem in Psalm 75?
  5. When was the attack on Jerusalem that Asaph refers to, in which God overwhelmingly defeated the enemy?

Answers

  1. In Psalm 74, Asaph, the psalmist, called on God to remember His people in view of the enemy who had ruined the sanctuary and defeated the nation. Psalm 75 logically follows that appeal, because here we have God’s judgment of all His enemies.
  2. It is a thanksgiving psalm that anticipates God’s judgment of the wicked and victory for His people.
  3. The wicked. This will be true in the end times, not only in reference to individuals, but to nations that attack Israel. Without exception, the wicked will drink the full cup of God’s wrath.
  4. Jerusalem is also called Salem and Zion in Psalm 75:2.
  5. A good possibility is the defeat of Sennacherib and the Assyrians who attacked Jerusalem in 701 B.C. In that great and miraculous victory, 185,000 Assyrian troops were wiped out in one night by the angel of the Lord. See 2 Kings 19.

Discuss/Consider

  1. Psalm 75:2 contains an important truth about God’s judgment. It is God who determines when He will bring about judgment – not us, even though we think we know when and where God should send judgment. Recall a time when you wanted God’s swift judgment upon someone, but His timing was different. Do you see a purpose for this now?
  2. Psalm 76:11-12 reminds us that God is to be honored and feared by individuals and the kings of the earth. Nations will be judged for treating the one true God lightly. Discuss this issue on a personal level. In what ways do we sometimes treat God too lightly?

Challenge

  1. Do you praise God for the doctrine of Hell? Although it is not a pleasant topic, it is an important one! There must be a Hell for the righteousness of God to be vindicated forever.

Key Verses

  • “When I choose the proper time, I will judge uprightly.” Psalm 75:2
  • “For exaltation comes neither from the east nor from the west nor from the south. But God is the Judge: He puts down one, and exalts another.” Psalm 75:6-7
  • “You, Yourself, are to be feared; and who may stand in Your presence when once You are angry? You caused judgment to be heard from heaven; the earth feared and was still.” Psalm 76:7-8

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