Psalm 76:10 “The wrath of man shall praise thee”
“the wrath of man” – This expression, “the wrath of man,” imports the weakness and impotence of it; it is but the wrath of Adam, or of red clay. How contemptibly doth the Spirit of God speak of man, and of the power of man, in Scripture? “Cease ye from man, whose breath is in his nostrils; for wherein is he to be accounted of?” The wrath of man, when it is lengthened out to its utmost boundaries, can only go to the length of killing the body or of the breaking the sheath of clay in which the soul lodges, and then it can do no more.
“shall praise thee” – God turns the wrath of man to the praise of his adorable sovereignty. Never have the Lord’s people had such awful impressions of the sovereignty of God, as when they have been in the furnace of man’s wrath. It is then that they became dumb with silence. When the Chaldean and Sabean robbers are let loose to plunder and spoil the substance of Job, he is made to view adorable sovereignty in it, saying, “The Lord gave, the Lord hath taken away: blessed be the name of the Lord.” It is in such a case as this that God says to his own people, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the heathen.”
What work of God about the church is advanced by the wrath of men?
Adapted from comments by Ebenezer Erskine provided in The Treasure of David
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