Praise Habit: Psalm 75

We give thanks to you, O God;
we give thanks; your name is near.
People tell of your wondrous deeds.

At the set time that I appoint
I will judge with equity.
When the earth totters, with all its inhabitants,
it is I who keep its pillars steady.
Selah
I say to the boastful, ‘Do not boast’,
and to the wicked, ‘Do not lift up your horn;
do not lift up your horn on high,
or speak with insolent neck.’

For not from the east or from the west
and not from the wilderness comes lifting up;
but it is God who executes judgement,
putting down one and lifting up another.
For in the hand of the Lord there is a cup
with foaming wine, well mixed;
he will pour a draught from it,
and all the wicked of the earth
shall drain it down to the dregs.
But I will rejoice for ever;
I will sing praises to the God of Jacob.

All the horns of the wicked I will cut off,
but the horns of the righteous shall be exalted.

Psalm 75 (NRSV)

There’s a whole lot of God going on here: He has a time that He has set when He will judge with fairness.

Do I get this?

My actions often display that deep down there is a disconnect between the God who loves and the God who judges. The simple wisdom and reality of God’s set time should change my actions so that I not only live with the reality that grace covers what I have done, but also with the reality that grace should effect what I am about to do.

I don’t want to be one of the insolent! I want to rejoice forever, praising the God of Jacob. I want to be exalted, not cut off. Father, let me live not only with the wondrous deeds You have done in the past, but also in the truth of the wondrous deeds You have set a time to do in the future. And let this thanks for all your actions be expressed in my actions, words and all that I am.

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