Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Daily reading assignment – Psalms 75-77
Our scripture reading today is three psalms, Psalms 75, 76 and 77 all ascribed to Asaph as the author (as are Psalms 73-83), a priest and musician in the court of king David (1 Chronicles 6:39; 15:19; 16:7). Psalm 75 will be my focus for today’s devotional commentary.
Although we know the author was Asaph, we are not told the occasion that inspired the writing of this psalm of praise. Given the content of the psalm, it is my speculation it was written following a battle or time of conflict.
We take several spiritual lessons away from Psalm 75. The first, God is the object of our praise and thanksgiving (75:1). The second, God promises He is a righteous judge (75:2).
The third lesson, when you find yourself living in uncertain, shaky times, rest assure God is not alarmed and will “bear up the pillars” (i.e. the supports) of the earth beneath you (75:3).
We find a warning to boastful fools tempted to “blow their own horn” (75:4b-5a) and to sing their own praises in Psalm 75:4-7. Such fools are proud, celebrating and promoting themselves, their interests and agenda apart from God’s blessings. The LORD warns, don’t play the fool and stiffen your neck against the LORD (75:5)
Psalms 75:6 stresses a spiritual principle God’s people, especially their leaders, should heed: “For promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south.”
Men crave promotion and positions of authority where they are lauded with praise; however, a wise man remembers whatever promotion might come his way is an act of God’s grace.
After all, “God is the judge [governor; the final dispenser of justice]: He putteth down [humbles; abases; humiliates] one, and setteth up [exalts; raises up] another” (Psalms 75:7).
Copyright 2017 – Travis D. Smith