Friday 31 October, 2014

Psalm 75

1 God, we give thanks to you. We give thanks because your Name is near. People talk about the wonderful things you have done. 2 You say, “I choose the appointed time to judge people. And I judge them fairly. 3 When the earth and all of its people tremble, I keep everything from falling to pieces. Selah 4 To the proud I say, ‘Don’t brag anymore.’ To sinners I say, ‘Don’t show off your power. 5 Don’t show it off against me. Don’t speak with your noses in the air.’” 6 No one from east or west or north or south can act as judge. 7 God is the One who judges. He says to one person, “You are guilty.” To another he says, “You are not guilty.” 8 In the hand of the Lord is a cup. It is full of wine mixed with spices. It is the wine of his anger. He pours it out. All of the evil people on earth drink it down to the very last drop. 9 I will speak about this forever. I will sing praise to the God of Jacob. 10 God will destroy the power of all sinful people. But he will make godly people more powerful.

If there is one thing which stands out so brilliantly in the Psalms it is the praise which the psalmist gives to God. In this Psalm his motivation for praise is the fact that God is so near and is it is impossible to miss His wonderful deeds.

Not only does the writer praise God for His closeness but he acknowledges that God is Sovereign over all the earth, He is fully aware of what is going on. God Himself declares His intention to deal with the ungodly and to bless those who trust in Him.

He concludes his song by expressing the powerful effect of praise; it will break the power of wickedness, while the righteous will be lifted up and become powerful.

In a world which is full of turmoil and violence we are encouraged to continue in praise to God, believing that He is in control and in due time, according to His sovereign will, He will judge the affairs of the nations. In Psalm 92:7 the psalmist expresses his faith in God by reminding us, “It’s true the wicked flourish, but only for a moment”.

Lord we are in awe of Your sovereignty. We ask you Holy Spirit to open our spiritual eyes in order that we might see what God is doing in our troubled world.

Written by Keith Bennett

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