A declaration of God's majesty in the church, 1-10. An exhortation to serve him reverently, 11, 12.
1 [To the Chief Musician on Neginoth. A Psalm or Song of Asaph.] God is known in Judah. His name is great in Israel.
2 Also in Salem is his tabernacle and his dwelling place in Zion.
3 There he broke the arrows of the bow, the shield, the sword, and the battle. [Selah.]
4 You are more glorious and excellent than the mountains of prey.
5 The stout-hearted are spoiled, they have slept their sleep. And none of the men of might have found their hands.
6 At your rebuke, O God of Jacob, both the chariot and horse are cast into a dead sleep.
7 You, even you, are to be feared. And who may stand in your sight when you are angry?
8 You caused judgment to be heard from heaven. The earth feared and was still,
9 When God arose to judgment to save all the meek of the earth. [Selah.]
10 Surely the wrath of man shall praise you. The remainder of wrath you will restrain.
11 Vow, and pay to the LORD your God. Let all who are around him bring presents to him who ought to be feared.
12 He shall cut off the spirit of princes. He is fearful to the kings of the earth.
Matthew Henry Commentary - Psalms, Chapter 76[➚]
John Calvin's Chapter Summary:
There is here celebrated the grace and truth of God in having, according to his promise that he would be the protector of the city of Jerusalem, defended it by his wonderful power against enemies, who were renowned for their warlike valor, and well equipped with everything requisite for war.
[v.7] - Reference, 1st Samuel 6:20; Malachi 3:2; Revelation 6:17.