Righteous Anger-God’s or Yours?
In Judah God is known;
his name is great in Israel.
2 His abode has been established in Salem,
his dwelling place in Zion.
3 There he broke the flashing arrows,
the shield, the sword, and the weapons of war. Selah
4 Glorious are you, more majestic
than the mountains full of prey.
5 The stouthearted were stripped of their spoil;
they sank into sleep;
all the men of war
were unable to use their hands.
6 At your rebuke, O God of Jacob,
both rider and horse lay stunned.
7 But you, you are to be feared!
Who can stand before you
when once your anger is roused?
8 From the heavens you uttered judgment;
the earth feared and was still,
9 when God arose to establish judgment,
to save all the humble of the earth. Selah
10 Surely the wrath of man shall praise you;
the remnant of wrath you will put on like a belt.
11 Make your vows to the LORD your God and perform them;
let all around him bring gifts
to him who is to be feared,
12 who cuts off the spirit of princes,
who is to be feared by the kings of the earth.
God’s righteous anger protects His people and is worthy of praise. His judgments are just, even when they seem extreme; and the proper response is to fear God. Our anger is often sinful, and it can only be made righteous by God’s power working in us.
- Do you struggle with anger? In what ways does anger show up in your life?
- How would you define righteous anger? Do you see any of your anger as being righteous? In what ways?
- What’s the right response to anger? What steps can you take to be less angry and more peaceful?