Asaph continues with his potent warnings against party spirit and its divisive tactics. The result was unthinkable – God abandoned His Tabernacle! The New Testament teaching is that our sins nailed Christ to His cross – God abandoned His TABERNACLE! Asaph is calling for this result: Repent and do according to His commands!
There are a lot of important ideas in this psalm. God’s Sovereignty in choosing some and not others. Our responsibility in our response to Him, His word.
God’s grace is so evident, v38 says, “Yet he, being compassionate, atoned for their iniquity and did not destroy them; he restrained his anger often and did not stir up all his wrath.”
God did not stir up all His wrath.
How chewable-over is that statement!
Certainly there is God’s wrath displayed in the plagues sent upon Egypt, which the psalm details. Flies, Locusts, Blood, Hail. DEATH.
But He did not stir up ALL His wrath.
So the question is – Will there be a time when ALL of God’s wrath will be stirred up?
Psalm 75 (not long past we read it) in v8 says, “For in the hand of the LORD there is a cup with foaming wine, well mixed, and he pours out from it, and all the wicked of the earth shall drain it down to the dregs.”
DOWN TO THE DREGS. That is fullness.
But what is this cup?
Jeremiah 25 v15 says, “Thus the LORD, the God of Israel, said to me: ‘Take from my hand this cup of the wine of wrath,'”
This cup, this wine, symbolises God’s wrath.
Revelation 19 v15 says, “From his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations, and he will rule them with a rod of iron. He will tread the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God the Almighty.”
God’s wrath will be fully stirred up. ALL of His wrath and fury.
But we have a story that is HOPE!
In Matthew 26 v39 Jesus says, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me;”
On the cross at Golgotha, Jesus drank that cup of the wrath of God. He drank it fully and completely. Jesus bore the punishment for sin.
For His people. For us. So that we don’t have to face God’s wrath.
What a better story we have!
So let’s be encouraged to pray for the lost. Let our hearts be broken open for the lost. Be convicted and exhorted to tell people about Jesus – He drank the cup of God’s wrath so come and be saved!