Asaph celebrates that when the time is right, God will judge and destroy arrogant people.
For the Chief Musician. To the tune of “Do Not Destroy.” A Psalm by Asaph. A song.
VERSE 1. We give thanks to you, God. We give thanks, for your Name is near. Men tell about your wondrous works.
your Name is near. That is, “you are near.” Are you close to God? Is God close to you?
your wondrous works. Asaph remembers God’s marvelous acts of deliverance.
VERSE 2. When I choose the appointed time, I will judge blamelessly.
the appointed time. God has an appointed moment for when he acts. It is not necessarily at the moment we would select. But it is the most opportune moment.
VERSE 3. The earth and all its inhabitants quake. I firmly hold its pillars. Selah.
VERSE 4. I said to the arrogant, “Don’t boast!” I said to the wicked, “Don’t lift up the horn.
Don’t boast! Boasting is the greatest skill of arrogant people.
lift up the horn. The horn was a symbol for might and power. Lifting it up was a metaphor from the animal world. It signified a defiant, strutting, self- confidence.
VERSE 5. Don’t lift up your horn on high. Don’t speak with a stiff neck.”
with a stiff neck. That is, “with arrogance.”
VERSE 6. For neither from the east, nor from the west, nor yet from the south, comes exaltation.
VERSE 7. But God is the judge. He puts down one, and lifts up another.
God is the judge. God, and God alone. Christians are forbidden from judging other people:
Matthew 7:1. Don’t judge, so that you won’t be judged.
VERSE 8. For in the LORD’s hand there is a cup, full of foaming wine mixed with spices. He pours it out. Indeed the wicked of the earth drink and drink it to its very dregs.
VERSE 9. But I will declare this forever: I will sing praises to the God of Jacob.
I will sing praises to the God of Jacob. We can always sing praises to God, no matter what our circumstance we find ourselves in.
VERSE 10. I will cut off all the horns of the wicked, but the horns of the righteous shall be lifted up.
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