For the director of music. To the tune of “Do Not Destroy.” A psalm of Asaph. A song. 1 We praise you, God, we praise you, for your Name is near; people tell of your wonderful deeds. 2 You say, “I choose the appointed time; it is I who judge with equity. 3 When the earth and all its people quake, it is I who hold its pillars firm. 4 To the arrogant I say, ‘Boast no more,’ and to the wicked, ‘Do not lift up your horns. 5 Do not lift your horns against heaven; do not speak so defiantly.’” 6 No one from the east or the west or from the desert can exalt themselves. 7 It is God who judges: He brings one down, he exalts another. 8 In the hand of the Lord is a cup full of foaming wine mixed with spices; he pours it out, and all the wicked of the earth drink it down to its very dregs. 9 As for me, I will declare this forever; I will sing praise to the God of Jacob, 10 who says, “I will cut off the horns of all the wicked, but the horns of the righteous will be lifted up.”
Vs. 6-7 These verses tell us that promotion doesn’t come from the east, west or south. Promotion comes from God. As judge He accurately sees men and women and so promotes based on truth rather than popularity or politics or lobbying. This means that God is in control over who gets promoted and receives leadership positions.
The world teaches you that the way to get ahead is to “claw your way to the top” and “to get it while you can.” The Bible teaches us that the way to honour is through humility and service. This is not to say that we should not develop our talents and seek opportunities for growth and advancement; but in all things, we should continue to trust in the Lord.
So we must walk this slender line between self promotion based in pride and self promotion based in confidence around the Lord’s gifts to us and the hard work we have put in. While difficult – if we stay centred on this truth – that God is the One who promotes us we will do well!
Father, may we be reliant on Your grace and favour – looking to You as we serve You in all our endeavours.
Written by Ps. Richard Botta