Psalm 76:11

 

EXPOSITION

Verse 11. Vow, and pay unto the Lord your God. Well may we do so in memory of such mercies and judgments. To vow or not is a matter of choice, but to discharge our vows is our bounden duty. He who would defraud God, his own God, is a wretch indeed. He keeps his promises, let not his people fail in theirs. He is their faithful God and deserves to have a faithful people.

Let all that be round about him bring presents unto him that ought to be feared. Let surrounding nations submit to the only living God, let his own people with alacrity present their offerings, and let his priests and Levites be leaders in the sacred sacrifice. He who deserves to be praised as our God does, should not have mere verbal homage, but substantial tribute. Dread Sovereign, behold I give myself to thee.

 

EXPLANATORY NOTES AND QUAINT SAYINGS

Whole Psalm. No Psalm has a greater right to follow Psalm 75 than this, which is inscribed To the Precentor, with accompaniment of stringed instruments (vid. iv. 1), a Psalm by Asaph, a song. Similar expressions (God of Jacob, Psalms 75:10 77:7; saints, wicked of the earth, Psalms 75:9 76:10), and the same impress throughout speak in favour of unity of authorship. In other respects too, they form a pair: Psalm 75 prepares the way for the divine deed of judgments as imminent, which Psalm 76 celebrates as having taken place. Franz Delitzsch.

Verse 11. Round about him. A description of his people, as the twelve tribes pitched round about the tabernacle, Numbers 2:2 ; and the twenty-four elders were round about God's throne, Revelation 4:4 . So the Chaldee expounds it; -- Ye that dwell about his sanctuary. Henry Ainsworth.

 

HINTS FOR PASTORS AND LAYPERSONS

Verse 11.

  1. To whom vows may be made. Not to man, but God.
  2. What vows should be thus made.
    1. Of self dedication.
    2. Of self service.
    3. Of self sacrifice.
    4. How kept: Vow and pay.
    5. From duty.
    6. From fear of his displeasure. G. R.

Verse 11. The propriety, obligation, pleasure, and profit of presenting gifts unto the Lord.