Psalm 75 (NIV)
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.”
I love how this Psalm testifies to God’s activity in His people’s lives and His protection of them in the past. God intervenes in our lives, at crucial moments, directly and through people and events. The psalm reminds us that He intervenes on behalf of the upright. Then the psalm gives some frightening detail on what things look like when God acts against those who are boastful. In life we come across people who are overconfident and faithless who threaten God’s people. God makes it plain He will deliver his people.
We do well to remember that while God is love, He is also the Judge. We dare not act boastfully, as if we are the masters of our own destiny – we are called as sons and daughters, and servants of the King of kings. May we remain upright in living to bring glory and honour to God.
Father – help me to being praise to You for all You do and have done. May I also not be boastful that I would truly rely on You.
Written by Ps. Richard Botta