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A Journey Through the Psalms and Proverbs

Luke Friesen

Luke Friesen

@Fridge_Friesen

Hello, Journeyers, it’s great to be with you today! I’m Luke, and I work on Watermark’s Young Adults team. I also serve as a Join The Journey editor, so I hope this devotional doesn’t have any typos! I’m married to the lovely Chelsea-Shay, and we’re a couple months away from celebrating our first anniversary. Marriage is a blast!

It’s been a long time since I played college rugby and tried to throw punches, but anger still grabs me at times. As we’ll see in the text today, anger is good when it’s God’s, but usually not when it’s mine.

April 21, 2017

RIGHTEOUS ANGER—GOD’S OR YOURS?


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Psalm 76

Who Can Stand Before You?

To the choirmaster: with stringed instruments. A Psalm of Asaph. A Song.

76:1 In Judah God is known;
his name is great in Israel.
His abode has been established in Salem,
his dwelling place in Zion.
There he broke the flashing arrows,
the shield, the sword, and the weapons of war. Selah

Glorious are you, more majestic
than the mountains of prey.
The stouthearted were stripped of their spoil;
they sank into sleep;
all the men of war
were unable to use their hands.
At your rebuke, O God of Jacob,
both rider and horse lay stunned.

But you, you are to be feared!
Who can stand before you
when once your anger is roused?
From the heavens you uttered judgment;
the earth feared and was still,
when God arose to establish judgment,
to save all the humble of the earth. Selah

10 Surely the wrath of man shall praise you;
the remnant [1] of wrath you will put on like a belt.
11 Make your vows to the Lord your God and perform them;
let all around him bring gifts
to him who is to be feared,
12 who cuts off the spirit of princes,
who is to be feared by the kings of the earth. (ESV)

Footnotes

[1] 76:10 Or extremity

MEMORY VERSES

Psalm 121:1-8

1 I lift up my eyes to the hills.
From where does my help come?
2 My help comes from the Lord,
who made heaven and earth.
3 He will not let your foot be moved;
he who keeps you will not slumber.
4 Behold, he who keeps Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.
5 The Lord is your keeper;
the Lord is your shade on your right hand.
6 The sun shall not strike you by day,
nor the moon by night.
7 The Lord will keep you from all evil;
he will keep your life.
8 The Lord will keep
your going out and your coming in
from this time forth and forevermore.