Reading the Word
Psalm 75:1–10 (ESV)
1 We give thanks to you, O God;
we give thanks, for your name is near.
We recount your wondrous deeds.
2 “At the set time that I appoint
I will judge with equity.
3 When the earth totters, and all its inhabitants,
it is I who keep steady its pillars. Selah
4 I say to the boastful, ‘Do not boast,’
and to the wicked, ‘Do not lift up your horn;
5 do not lift up your horn on high,
or speak with haughty neck.’ ”
6 For not from the east or from the west
and not from the wilderness comes lifting up,
7 but it is God who executes judgment,
putting down one and lifting up another.
8 For in the hand of the LORD there is a cup
with foaming wine, well mixed,
and he pours out from it,
and all the wicked of the earth
shall drain it down to the dregs.
9 But I will declare it forever;
I will sing praises to the God of Jacob.
10 All the horns of the wicked I will cut off,
but the horns of the righteous shall be lifted up.
Understanding and Applying the Word
For the next several days we will be looking at different passages from the Bible that speak of giving thanks. I today’s reading, the psalmist thanks God for being near and for his wondrous deeds. As we look at the whole psalm, we see that the focus is on God as judge of all people. He will hold evildoers accountable and he will lift up the righteous.
We live in a world where it is easy to become discouraged. It often seems like those who desire to live their lives for Christ face the roughest road. Christians face mocking and ridicule. Some face constant harassment or social ostracism. Christians in many parts of the world are severely persecuted for their beliefs and face beatings, prison, and even death.
Thinking about these realities can make us feel less than thankful. However, when we keep the future in mind, we know that God stands with us. He is near. And God will not abandon his people. The Judge will hold each and every one accountable and the wicked will be cut off. God will lift up his people and give them an eternal inheritance in his presence. There is much to be thankful for!
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