The Wrath of Man Shall Praise You
Psalm 76:10 (ESV) – Surely the wrath of man shall praise you; the remnant of wrath you will put on like a belt.
Have you ever watched professional chess players or listened to them talk about chess? It is incredible. Their minds understand the complexities of the game in ways we normal folks cannot comprehend. They can play games in their head without any physical board or pieces, simply by calling out the letter and number of the square. This requires keeping up with where all the pieces are as the game unfolds, while continuing to think ahead about your future moves. Chess mastery demonstrates a powerful thinking and strategy skill.
Our passage today shows us how this feature in man is only a glimpse of the fullness of God’s infinite wisdom. He calculates and holds together trillions (that’s probably a low estimate) of moving parts in the universe all at the same time while never stumbling over it. The passage today shows us even how God uses the wrath and rebellion of sinful men to glorify Himself. We read in Psalm 76:10, “Surely the wrath of man shall praise you; the remnant of wrath you will put on like a belt.”
The Scripture says the wrath of man shall praise God. What does this mean? It refers to the fact that humanity’s wicked actions and blasphemous lifestyles still serve the glory of God.
Man’s sinfulness and hatred of God still serve the occasion for Him to display His glory, grace, justice, righteousness, mercy, and faithfulness. Nothing man does surprises Him. He is the Grand Master that sees hundreds of steps ahead on the board.
His infinite wisdom governs all that He decrees. He permits even man’s sin because He can use it for His glory.
The examples of God doing this in Scripture are endless. Joseph’s betrayal, false accusations, and imprisonment only serve to place him in the position of power to spare Israel of famine. This showcases the glory and wisdom of God in permitting the wrath of man. We see it most clearly in the cross of Christ. Betrayal, lies, and mockery are used as instruments for bringing salvation and grace to the ends of the earth. He wears the remnant of wrath like a belt. Who compares to our God?!
Reflection & Journal:
- Why is this passage hard to understand upon first reading?
- What are some biblical examples of God using man’s wrath and sin for His glory?
- How does this passage inform our understanding of God’s working in the world?
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