SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 15
Teach me Thy way, O Lord.
“JUDGE OF THE NATIONS, SPARE US YET”
In Psalm 75 you will notice two parties speaking. These are the words of God’s people and those of God Himself. In verse 1 the people give thanks and praise to God for some miracles He has done to save them from some heathen nation or nations (Ps 75:3). Perhaps the Assyrians are in the purview of this hymn of praise. Read Isaiah 36 and 37. This passage ends with 185,000 Assyrian troops being destroyed by the angel of the Lord in one night.
In verse 2 we hear God declaring He is “Judge of all the earth” (Gen 18:25). Spurgeon says, “When anarchy is abroad, and tyrants are in power, everything is unloosed, dissolution threatens all things, the solid mountains of government melt as wax; but even then the Lord upholds and sustains the right. I bear up the pillars of it. Hence, there is no real cause for fear. While the pillars stand, and stand they must for God upholds them, the house will brave out the storm. In the day of the Lord’s appearing a general meeting will take place, but in that day our covenant God will be the sure support of our confidence.”
The Lord bids the boasters to keep silent and commands the mad oppressors to stay their folly. How calm He is, how quiet His words are, yet how divine the rebuke.
In verses 6 to 8, the people respond that things happen not by chance, but by the sovereign hand of God, and in the rising and sinking of thrones and kingdoms (Dan 5:20-21). When the days of a tyrant are done, then God will make him drink his cup of punishment.
In verse 9, the just will occupy themselves in singing Jehovah’s praises and in verse 10 restored Israel will execute justice, putting down the haughty horns of the wicked but exalting the humble horns of the just. Judge of the nations, spare us yet, lest we forget.
THOUGHT: (Read Psalm 75:6-7.)
PRAYER: (Use Psalm 75:1.)