Don’t raise your fists in defiance – Psalms 75

Don’t raise your fists in defiance - Psalms 75I sure wish we had recordings of the tunes referenced in the Psalms. I have to grin when I read, “sung to the tune…”.

It’s interesting these past few Psalms. I’ve been commenting on how the Psalms have encouraged me to communicate with God – no matter what I’m thinking. If I’m sad, tell God. If I’m happy, Praise Him. If I’m angry, tell Him.

Today’s reading, however, has introduced an interesting derailment in my train of thought. Since it’s short, I’ve included the entire NLT version of the Psalm:

1 For the choir director: A psalm of Asaph, to be sung to the tune “Do Not Destroy!” A song. We thank you, O God! We give thanks because you are near. People everywhere tell of your mighty miracles. 2 God says, “At the time I have planned, I will bring justice against the wicked. 3 When the earth quakes and its people live in turmoil, I am the one who keeps its foundations firm. Interlude 4 “I warned the proud, ‘Stop your boasting!’ I told the wicked, ‘Don’t raise your fists! 5 Don’t lift your fists in defiance at the heavens or speak with rebellious arrogance.'”

6 For no one on earth from east or west, or even from the wilderness can raise another person up. 7 It is God alone who judges; he decides who will rise and who will fall. 8 For the LORD holds a cup in his hand; it is full of foaming wine mixed with spices. He pours the wine out in judgment, and all the wicked must drink it, draining it to the dregs. 9 But as for me, I will always proclaim what God has done; I will sing praises to the God of Israel. 10 For God says, “I will cut off the strength of the wicked, but I will increase the power of the godly.”

Lord – help me to always be honest with you, yet respectful and reverent. You already know my thoughts, it’s ridiculous to pretend. Yet, may my thoughts be proper and may I always approach you with proper fear and reverence. For You are holy and worthy of nothing less.


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