Psalm 75 (The Message)
An Asaph Psalm
1 We thank you, God, we thank you— your Name is our favorite word;
your mighty works are all we talk about.
2-4 You say, “I’m calling this meeting to order,
I’m ready to set things right.
When the earth goes topsy-turvy
And nobody knows which end is up,
I nail it all down,
I put everything in place again.
I say to the smart alecks, ‘That’s enough,’
to the bullies, ‘Not so fast.'”
5-6 Don’t raise your fist against High God.
Don’t raise your voice against Rock of Ages.
He’s the One from east to west;
from desert to mountains, he’s the One.
7-8 God rules: he brings this one down to his knees,
pulls that one up on her feet.
God has a cup in his hand,
a bowl of wine, full to the brim.
He draws from it and pours;
it’s drained to the dregs.
Earth’s wicked ones drink it all,
drink it down to the last bitter drop!
9-10 And I’m telling the story of God Eternal,
singing the praises of Jacob’s God.
The fists of the wicked
are bloody stumps,
The arms of the righteous
are lofty green branches.
Before you read further go back and read the first line of Psalm 74 then of 75 . . . ok good, you probably really didn’t do it and that is ok, I’ll tell you why it is important anyway. If you recall the last Psalm starts out with a cry to God that He had left us. This one starts out with a cry as well . . . Thank you God! As they say hind-sight is 20/20 often times we end up in tough situations in life where it feels like God is gone. For example the movie Evan Almighty has a part of it’s story that demonstrates our reaction to God not being there or God doing something we don’t like or expect (if you are interested in this movie you can check my other blog for a review.) The story is about a guy named Evan who wants to ‘change the world’ God asks him to build an Ark . . . like noahs, same size and everything. His wife thinks that he has lost it and is buying wood and property like crazy spending all their money and feels like it is destroying their marriage. His wife on the other hand has prayed that God would bring the family back together. Instead she leaves Evan (which your reaction is like . . . Hey God why would you do that.) God (in the form of Morgan Freeman) shows up as a waiter in a restaurant (which is an awesome analogy of how God wants to serve us) and starts to talk to her, and says ‘well maybe when you prayed for God to get your family back together, and your husband prayed for help to change the world, God did something unexpected and you just have to take it head on. Well she goes back and they finish happily ever after . . . the point is, after the movie the way it worked out made since, during the scene you’re thinking, what in the world, God wouldn’t do that!! Well Psalm 74 is the “God why did you do this, where are you, why me?” part of our lives. Psalm 75 is the “Oh, I get it God, thank you for doing that, I am stronger, more faithful, wiser, smarter, a better person, my relationships are stronger, and I love you more for what I went through with YOU!!’ So now go back and read them both back to back. And thank God for how he teaches and loves you!