Praising God For All He Has Done

Paul does not say that each event is good or even that each incident will produce that which is good. He informs us that all of the events, working together, produce what is good. To illustrate, the ingredients which go into a cake are not very tasty when eaten individually. Flou … More

Sovereignty

One day the Jews in Jerusalem looked out the gates of their city and were terrified to see their Assyrian enemies camped outside. The Assyrian tents were still there and their flags were flapping in the breeze. However vultures were circling the camp and there was a stillness of death as they realized that God had intervened and all the Assyrians were dead. As a result of this event Psalm 75 was written. With a feeling of joy the psalmist in a simple way explains five aspects of the sovereignty of God:

  1. God is sovereign in His person - As the psalmist looks upon the tens of thousands of dead Assyrians he writes “Thy name is near, thy wondrous works declare” (v.1).
  2. God is sovereign in His power (vv. 2-3) - He does not exercise his judgement, like Peter, in a sudden surge of emotion, but at just the right time and in just the right way.
  3. God is sovereign in His purposes (vv. 4-7) - He may do it either through good men or bad men as He raises up leaders and puts them down.
  4. God is sovereign in His punishments (v. 8) - He often does not take care of matters when we think He should or in the manner we think He should but we can be sure that at just the right time His justice will prevail just as it did at Gethsemane and at Golgotha.
God is sovereign in His praise (vv. 9-10) The psalmist ends this psalm by stating “All the horns of the wicked also will I cut off; but the horns of the righteous shall be exalted.”

Application

Do I ever question why God does certain things and why he doesn’t do other things? Or do I just admit God is in control and I will just rest in peace and praise Him for all He is doing.

Psalms 75:1-10 (English Standard Version)

We give thanks to you, O God; we give thanks, for your name is near. We recount your wondrous deeds. "At the set time that I appoint I will judge with equity. When the earth totters, and all its inhabitants, it is I who keep steady its pillars. 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 haughty neck.'" 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. For in the hand of the LORD there is a cup with foaming wine, well mixed, and he pours out from it, and all the wicked of the earth shall drain it down to the dregs. But I will declare it forever; 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 lifted up.

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