There are 150 Psalms in the Old Testament and we’re halfway through the book with our Sunday Psalms! What’s great about the psalms is they are prayers to God that you can pray back to Him! There are many times in our lives when we are just so overwhelmed by the world’s problems that we don’t know what to pray. There’s a psalm for that! Whether you want to yell at God or praise Him, there’s a psalm for that! Psalm 75 is an assurance that God is a God of justice and that He will win over the wicked in the end.
Let’s dig in.
For the choir director: A psalm of Asaph. A song to be sung to the tune “Do Not Destroy!”
1 We thank you, O God!
We give thanks because you are near.
People everywhere tell of your wonderful deeds.
2 God says, “At the time I have planned,
I will bring justice against the wicked.
3 When the earth quakes and its people live in turmoil,
I am the one who keeps its foundations firm. Interlude
4 “I warned the proud, ‘Stop your boasting!’
I told the wicked, ‘Don’t raise your fists!
5 Don’t raise your fists in defiance at the heavens
or speak with such arrogance.’”
6 For no one on earth—from east or west,
or even from the wilderness—
should raise a defiant fist.
7 It is God alone who judges;
he decides who will rise and who will fall.
8 For the Lord holds a cup in his hand
that is full of foaming wine mixed with spices.
He pours out the wine in judgment,
and all the wicked must drink it,
draining it to the dregs.
9 But as for me, I will always proclaim what God has done;Psalm 75 NLT
I will sing praises to the God of Jacob.
10 For God says, “I will break the strength of the wicked,
but I will increase the power of the godly.”
God’s Justice is a Promise to Mankind!
I love that last verse! God says, “I will break the strength of the wicked, but I will increase the power of the godly.” Unfortunately, one of the problems we humans have is that we do not understand God’s timing. We want the wicked broken NOW! We godly people need more power NOW! That’s where consistent prayer comes in.
In last week’s Psalm 74, the psalmist wanted to know how long it would be before God would judge the wicked. In Psalm 75:2, God tells us, “At the time I have planned, I will bring justice against the wicked.” God’s timing may not be to our liking, but it’s always the best.
God is the one who humbles and lifts up. As Jesus told us…
12 But those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.Matthew 23:12 NLT
…Dress yourselves in humility as you relate to one another, for
“God opposes the proud
but gives grace to the humble.”
6 So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time he will lift you up in honor. 7 Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.1 Peter 5:5-7 NLT
I turn to the folks at Spoken Gospel for insight…
Every day the arrogant use their strength to exploit the humble. But, the good news for the vulnerable is that God will not leave injustice unpunished or the weak unprotected. The psalmist says God will judge not some but all proud people. This is important because none of us are immune from pride. All of us challenge God for dominance and demand that we live our lives by our rules instead of his. This means the same justice we celebrate is the same justice we should also dread.
Psalm 75 warns there is a cup in God’s hand (Psalm 75:8). In the justice of God, if we persist in our pride, we will be made to drink our own medicine. Those we deem beneath us will rise above us and God will reverse our fortunes. But God doesn’t want any of us to die this way (2 Peter 3:9). That is why Jesus drinks the cup in God’s hands. He drinks it in our place and for our pride (Luke 22:42). In the greatest reversal of fortunes, Jesus drinks the uncut dose of our medicine so that once proud people can be humbled and forgiven.
See For Yourself
I pray that the Holy Spirit will open your eyes to see the God who pours out his cup of justice. And may you see Jesus as the one who willingly drank the cup of God’s judgment so that the proud might receive humility.Spoken Gospel
My Prayer for Justice in Israel
Do YOU know Jesus?
If you’re not sure if you’re saved or not, if you truly want to be born again and have the assurance of salvation, receive the Holy Spirit, feel His Shalom — a peace that surpasses all understanding, and get a 1-way, non-stop ticket to Heaven after you die, or that you won’t be left behind at the Rapture, which can happen at any moment, this is what you have to do…