Ps 76:1-12. On Neginoth—(See on Ps 4:1, title). This Psalm commemorates what the
preceding anticipates: God's deliverance of His people by a signal
interposition of power against their enemies. The occasion was probably
the events narrated in 2Ki 19:35; Isa 37:1-28. (Compare Ps 46:1-11).
1, 2. These well-known terms denote God's
people and Church and His intimate and glorious relations to them.
2. Salem—(Ge 14:18) is Jerusalem.
3. brake … the arrows—literally,
"thunderbolts" (Ps 78:48),
from their rapid flight or ignition (compare Ps 18:14; Eph
the battle—for arms (Ho 2:18).
mountains of prey—great victorious
nations, as Assyria (Isa 41:15; Eze 38:11, 12; Zec
5. slept their sleep—died (Ps 13:3).
none … found … hands—are
6. chariot and horse—for those fighting
on them (compare Ps 68:17).
7. may … sight—contend with Thee
9:4; Jos 7:12).
8, 9. God's judgment on the wicked is His
people's deliverance (Ps 9:12; 10:7).
10. Man's wrath praises God by its futility
before His power.
restrain—or, "gird"; that is, Thyself,
as with a sword, with which to destroy, or as an ornament to Thy
11, 12. Invite homage to such a God (2Ch 32:23), who can stop the breath of kings
and princes when He wills (Da 5:23).