“In Judah God is known; His name is great in Israel. 2 In Salem also is His tabernacle, And His dwelling place in Zion. 3 There He broke the arrows of the bow, The shield and sword of battle. Selah” ~PSALM 76:1-3
When I read Psalm 76:1-3 recently, the Lord immediately led me to look up what He was saying via the translations of each of the places mentioned in verses.
What I discovered by doing the word study was that our God is revealed and known in praise!
We already know that He makes our praise His dwelling place (PS. 22:3), and thusly in His presence is fullness of joy and pleasures evermore (PS. 16:11). All of this is obviously beautiful, but it only comes as a direct response of closeness and closeness comes by communication, communication is a fruit of praise.
KNOWING HIM IN PRAISE
Here is the breakdown of the verses using the meanings of each location’s name and outlining the significance of each.
v.1a In Judah God is known: God has made Himself known in Judah/PRAISE
- Get to know Him in worship, for He sits enthroned upon it and where He sits as Lord, there is liberty. (PS. 22:3, II COR. 3:17)
v.1b His name is great in Israel: His Name is made great in the wrestling of His people.
- As He shapes us as clay in His hands, pushing upon us and pulling us into the form and vessel for His purpose, is His glory seen. (ISA. 29:16, 64:8; JER. 18:1-9)
v.2a In Salem also is His tabernacle: Shalom/Peace, nothing missing, broken, or lacking, complete wholeness, is where He abides.
- Jesus gives us His shalom peace and calls us into it and to rest in it. This is His Kingdom-peace. (MATT. 6:30-36, ROM. 14:17)
v.2b And His dwelling place in Zion: The Highest place is where He abides.
v.3 There He broke the arrows of the bow, The shield and sword of battle. Selah: In all these things is the enemy defeated as are his attacks against us!
HE IS TO BE LIFTED UP ABOVE ALL!
“I will worship toward Your holy temple, And praise Your name For Your lovingkindness and Your truth; For You have magnified Your word above all Your name.” ~PSALMS 138:2
“For You have magnified Your WORD above all Your Name.” The Gospel of John beautifully declares to us that, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”
Christ Jesus is the Word. The Word is God. God the Father has magnified Him, Christ as the Word above All HIS NAME, because Jesus Himself is God! God the Father has put Christ and His Name, Yeshua Jesus, above all His own Name. (PS. 138:2, PHILIPPIANS 2:8-11)
When we worship, when we lift up the Name of Jesus, we are given peace and victory and closeness to God that we cannot have by any other means. We come to know Him by praising His Name.
“And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. 9 Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, 11 and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” ~PHILIPPIANS 2:8-11
Lift the Name of Jesus. Draw close to the Father. Take in His peace and gain victory in all things by coming to know Him more!
And when we, the redeemed of the Lord, lift Him up, He draws all men unto Himself, and more come to know Him as well.
What a glorious thing to know that loving God in return and lifting Him up enables others to know Him and love Him and walk in peace and victory as well.
” And I, if I (Jesus) am lifted up from the earth, will draw all peoples to Myself.” ~JOHN12:13
~Poiema, Poetry in Motion