Psalm 75

Psalm 75 is a a psalm designed for use in public worship.  The congregation begins by thanking God for all his mighty deeds. “We give thanks to you, O God; we give thanks, for your name is near. We recount your wondrous deeds”.  Thanksgiving is a key discipline in our worship of God that we need to spend time on.  Far too often, we bring large basketfuls of prayer requests to God, and maybe a thimble or two of thanksgiving and adoration.  Key to our learning to worship God is to remember what He has done.  We need to recount His deeds and give thanks for His blessing.

Judgment is coming.  “At the set time that I appoint I will judge with equity”.  This isn’t a question of if, but when.  God will measure each of us against His standard someday.  We will stand before Him and give account.  Unfortunately, on our own merit, we will fall short.  That’s why the sacrificial system was in place in the Old Testament.  But even that was inadequate, and God made the decision 2000 years ago to provide a once and for all time solution to the problem of sin and falling short of the mark.  Jesus came to earth, took on our sin, and carried it to the cross.

Our hope in standing before God is to come covered by the blood of His death, burial and resurrection.  That is our only hope.  Approaching judgment day on our own will not end well.  Standing before God covered by Jesus will produce eternal life with our Heavenly Father.  We have to take action before that day – we have to have a personal relationship with the Savior and make Him Lord of our life, but the solution to our sin problem is there and ours for the asking.  Are you ready?  God will act – the day is coming.  “All the horns of the wicked I will cut off, but the horns of the righteous shall be lifted up”.

God is in control. The only exaltation that matters is that which comes from God. The opinions of people mean nothing. “For not from the east or from the west and not from the wilderness comes lifting up, but it is God who executes judgment, putting down one and lifting up another”.  Too often we seek the approval of people in our patch.  We live life trying to impress the boss at work, or our neighbors next door.  We forget that life first needs to be about living for an audience of One!  If we get that right, everything else falls into place.  When we don’t have that focus our life is consumed with trying to meet a changing set of expectations and desires and we never are able to meet them all.  God alone is our focus.  He is our audience of One!

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