Psalm 75, Giving Thanks For God’s Certain Judgment
1. God Is Near Even When Judgment Seems Far (v1-3)
2. God Warns Against Self Exaltation (v4-7)
3. God Will Fully Judge The Wicked (v8)
4. God Lets Us Choose Judgment Or Glory (v9-10)
Psalm 75, Giving Thanks For God’s Certain Judgment
Psalm 75, Giving Thanks For God’s Certain Judgment
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As we look at Psalm Chapter 75 this evening, I've titled the Message giving thanks for God's certain judgment.
Giving things for God's certain judgment, and it may seem a little bit strange to pair up.
Giving thanks Thanksgiving and judgment together and yet we see the psalmist do this.
In verse one, he's talking about giving things and then he works his way into talking about various aspects of the.
Judgment of God and something for us as believers to keep in mind and consider is that the judgment of God is righteous.
It's right, it is what is good and what is best.
And so there is opportunity for us.
And really the need for us to appreciate the judgment of God.
And we'll see that.
In a couple of ways as we.
Work our way.
Through this evening.
This Psalm is a Psalm of Asaph.
And we don't.
Fully know for certain who Asaph is.
There was various apps mentioned in the Bible.
There was one in David Day and so it might have been one of David's contemporaries that wrote this or there was some in other points in Israel history as well and also mentioned to be involved.
In the worship of the temple and Tabernacle so.
It could have been at another point, so we don't really know the author or the exact situation, but it's interesting the way that Asaph approaches this song because he kind of switches back and forth between himself singing praise to God and and, you know, sharing words of wisdom.
With us, but then also he quotes God in several points in the Psalm as well, and so it's a little bit of an interaction between Asaph and God, as he works his way through the subjects.
Here in the content so the occasion again we don't know specifically, but it seems to be at a time when.
They are anticipating a righteous judgment of God and perhaps even requesting and saying, God, when are you going to make things right and to bring judgment in this situation?
It would appear to be a time of great injustice, and so there's a longing for God to show up and bring.
Judgment and to make things right.
And so perhaps in those times that we experience in our lives where you could maybe categorize it as a time of injustice, this would be an appropriate Psalm for us to spend some time in and meditate on to deal with the reality of injustice that is present in our lives.
And all around us.
Well, at the same time looking for God to show up and to make things right as he brings judgment upon the wicked and so giving things for God's certain judgment. There's four points we'll see as we work our way through starting in verses 133.
Point number one God is near, even when judgment seems far God is near.
Sometimes when judgment seems far, that is a time of great injustice or a time of you know where.
It just seems like God is not acting or moving or working or noticing a situation.
It it seems like the situation ever becoming right and being made right seems so distant.
Judgment seems far.
But here the psalmist reminds us that even in those times God is near verse one.
Says we give thanks to you, oh God.
We give thanks for your wondrous works.
Declare that your name is near.
And so, again, the psalmist begins by giving things, and he repeats it twice.
It's a deliberate effort here to give thanks to express gratitude to say thank you to God.
Because there's an awareness of his presence, your name is near.
And so God, there's this time of injustice.
There's this difficulty.
We'll see that uncovered in the following verses.
But but in the midst of all of this challenges that we face, and the injustices that are going on in society around us, and the great need for judgment that that there is.
Is, but there's still the recognition of your wondrous works and and it demonstrates your name is near.
You are near to us, and your presence is upon us, and so we give thanks to you, that even when we can't see your hand in this situation.
Even when we can't necessarily feel your presence or see how you're going to resolve things.
We can see.
That your name is near your wondrous works declare it and what are these wondrous works?
Well again, we don't know the specific situation of this song, but perhaps there was some wondrous works happening before their eyes.
Perhaps there was a miracle deliverance that took place, and so as they were in awe of you know, some type of miracle of God he.
Was reflecting on how God worked and it didn't resolve the whole situation, but here was this example of the miraculous of God working in their midst.
And so he says, we know that you're here.
We know that your name is near.
We give things to you that in the midst of this really big giant problem, you've given us a little reminder of your presence and God is good to do.
And God is faithful many times in our lives as we go through those big challenging seasons and great difficulties that that we ought to kind of be looking for those little miracles and and those ways that God shows up and shows us that he's with us in the midst of.
Those great injustices and those incredible challenges those occasions where judgment is so desperately needed but not being received by those who deserve it.
Jesus told his disciples in Luke Chapter 10 as he sent them out two by two to go and preach the Kingdom of God.
He says whatever city you enter.
And they receive you eat such things that are set before you.
And heal the sick.
And feed to them the Kingdom of God has come near to you.
Go hang out with them.
Do miracles in the name of Jesus.
And then announced declare the Kingdom of God has come nearer to you.
Those current miracles in the lives of the people that the disciples would be interacting with would be that reminder.
The wondrous works that they did in the name.
Of the Lord would declare.
That the Kingdom of God is near that they are in the presence of God, and God is at work in their midst.
And so wondrous works might be referring to some miracles that they saw unfold right in front of them, but also wondrous works might be referring to past miracles and past victories and declarations.
There's a few psalms here attributed to Aesop here in the Book of Psalms. You can see starting in 73 and I think it's all the way through 79.
The Psalms are attributed to Asaph, and it looks like 80 and then also 81 and 82 and 83, and then it ends OK, so 70.
Well, you get the bite.
I can't do math in my head, but so there's various psalms here that are in a row that are attributed to Asaph and and a lot of times in his songs he's calling back to and reminding the people of how God has worked in their lives, and some of the things that he did in delivering them out of Egypt.
And the provision of mana and the crossing of the Jordan.
Many people believe the writer, Asaph, was a psalmist. 2 was alive during that time where the Assyrian army was coming against Jerusalem and then the Lord sent an Angel and struck down 186,000 and one night, and so that you know, they would attribute most of the songs of Asaph to that time period and watching that victory.
Take place and and so it could be that those previous miracles, those that history that he is recounting often, and those things that God has accomplished, are the wondrous works that he's referring to.
You know, yeah, we could.
Take some time reflecting on some things that God has done for us.
Something some ways that God has worked in our lives.
Perhaps we could think back to you, know some of our history and and reflect on those things, and then say in verse one for your wondrous works, declare that your name is near and and and be reminded.
As we look back at how God has worked so many times previously for us that he is with us, even when we can't perceive it and don't really see and understand what God is doing and so perhaps he's referring to some previous miracles and previous ways that God has worked.
As he talks about wondrous works, could be current miracles.
Could be previous miracles, or it could be more.
General than that and.
It could just be a reference to all of creation.
Your wondrous works declare that your name is near.
And there could be this idea, this understanding that, looking around, looking at what God has created, the very fact of Creation speaks to a creator.
The you know design speaks of a designer, but but it goes further than that.
Not just that there is a God.
But creation itself declares God cares and God's involved, and the fact that things continue, not just that they began, but that they continue, declares to us the the presence of God and the continual working of God. Psalm chapter 19.
The psalmist says the heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament shows his handiwork.
Day in today under speech and night unto night reveals knowledge.
There is no speech nor language where their voice is not heard. Creation itself is a loud declaration. It is the wondrous works that God has done, and a declaration of God's presence, not just that God existed at one time and started everything but that in him. All things consist. Paul tells us in Colossians that.
That there is the ongoing presence of God in display as things continue to exist and survive and work and rotate and circulate and.
There's a word I'm thinking, but I can't think of it, so I won't try to say it then.
So God is near, even when judgment seems far his wondrous works declare to us that he is near, and so there is an appropriate place then for us to give things even in the midst of times where injustice seems to prevail.
Where it seems like there is just the the wickedness that is being unmet unmatched not answered, not dealt with.
But God will deal with it and we can know that because he.
Is near, it's not escaping his attention.
He is paying attention and so now in verse two and three God is responding in the midst of this situation and so verse two.
Now this is the Lord speaking when I choose the proper time I will judge Uprightly.
The Earth and all its inhabitants are dissolved.
I set up its pillars firmly, Selah.
Speaks about his creation here.
I set up its pillars.
I'm the one who set things in place.
And the earth and all its inhabitants can be dissolved, but that doesn't move me, and it doesn't move.
The pillars that I've established.
Sailor stop and think about that, right?
God says, think about creation.
I'm the one who said these things in place.
Nothing is out of hand.
Nothing is you know like oh man, I can't believe you know it's kind of like just out of God's reach and and you know he's just unable to deal with the injustices and things that are going on.
God says I've got it under control.
The Earth and all its inhabitants, they're going to be dissolved.
That's not a threat to me.
They're not outside of my grasp.
I set up the pillars.
Nothing is being shaken.
Unless I shake it, God would say.
And so he says, when I choose the proper time, I will judge a brightly.
When I choose the proper time.
Pastor David Guzik says we often feel that we know the proper time for God's judgments.
And we're often troubled because God doesn't seem to share our perspective.
Right, we often think what it should be.
Judgment should have happened.
But God reserves that right.
He reserves the right.
To choose the proper time to choose the best.
And we've talked about judgments a lot over.
The years working our way through the scriptures.
Sometimes judgment is an act of mercy from God.
He brings judgment swiftly.
As a merciful act, because there is going to be worse and worse things and greater and greater consequences, and so a swift judgment alleviates that growing of wrath and judgment that that would be happening.
Many times God delays judgment.
Being incredibly patient because he's not willing that any should perish.
But that all would come to repentance, and so God is finding the perfect balance.
The least amount of judgment necessary.
For the most amounts of repentance, how do you find that balance in one person's life? Much less? How do you find that balance in all of society, right?
None of us could do that math or calculation, but God.
Has chosen the proper time and he knows the right balance.
Where the least amount of judgment will be brought forth and the maximum amount of repentance will take place, and when it's that right, perfect balance.
When I choose the proper time, God says I will judge uprightly.
I will judge.
I will make things right.
Nothing will go.
Undealt with no injustice will go unanswered.
Justice will be brought forth.
At the exact right time that only God knows.
And so, in the midst of those kinds of times again, where the psalmist seems to be.
In the midst of great injustice and kind of impatient and waiting for and wanting and longing to see things.
Start to happen and right start to be made in the society around them.
Judgment seems far.
But God shown up.
Reminded the psalmist he's near.
And now spoke into him.
And encouraged him.
I see what's going on.
I'm going to take care of it.
It hasn't gotten out of hand.
I'm going to deal with it.
At just the right time.
That could be a great encouragement for us as we experience things in our own society.
And we see those many ways where right is wrong and wrong is right.
And there is a lot of injustice that is seemingly unanswered, and it seems that the wicked are just prevailing.
But it's not because God is distant and afar off, and has abandoned us.
God is near.
Even in those times when judgment seems.
Far Pastor Warren Wiersbe says God's children continued to sing his praises.
Because they are sure God knows what he is doing.
The world needs our witness.
And worship is the greatest witness of all.
The next time you're disturbed.
By the evil in the world pause.
And praise the Lord.
Interesting challenging thoughts for us to consider giving thanks for God, certain.
Judgment the worship of God and our rest in God.
Is a great witness to a world that desperately needs God.
God is near.
Even when judgment seems far moving on to versus 437, we get the second point to consider tonight. And that is that God warns against self exaltation.
God warns against self exaltation.
Verse four says I said to the boastful, do not deal boastfully and to the wicked do not lift up the horn.
Do not lift up your horn on high.
Do not speak with a stiff neck.
For exaltation comes neither from the east.
Nor from the West, nor from the South.
But God is the judge.
He puts down one and exalts another.
Here in these verses God is speaking about.
The word lift up.
Also seen as exaltation, also seen as exalts, it's four times in these four verses.
God says to the wicked.
Do not lift up the horn in verse 4.
In verse five, do not lift up your horn on high.
In verse six for exaltation, these are all the same Hebrew words.
Lift up exaltation and then finally got his judge.
He puts down one and exalts another.
So here God is addressing the subject of exaltation being lifted up.
And God has a problem with self exaltation.
He calls us throughout the scriptures to humble ourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he will lift us up.
That would have.
Been a perfect song for me to add into the worship set today, but I totally didn't even think about it till right now.
Humble yourself in the sight of the Lord and he will lift you up.
That's the principle that God teaches us, right?
But the wicked don't do that.
And so God.
Gives a warning here I said to the boastful.
Do not deal boastfully.
The boastful are those who lift up themselves with their words.
They're boasting verbally.
They are puffing themselves up, talking about themselves up lifting themselves up, boasting about themselves and what they do and what they can do and what they have done and what they will do.
And so God gives a warning to those who would speak of themselves in that way do not deal boastfully
Don't be lifting yourself up verbally and to the wicked, he says.
Do not lift up the horn now.
Lifting up the horn.
It's referenced a couple times here.
In this passage.
It's an interesting thing to consider because it really is a illustration.
But we don't perhaps see it in our day and age because we're not immersed in the same society.
That they were.
But here's the picture.
That is being alluded to here in the idea of lifting up the horn.
When they would work their fields.
They were a culture of farmers, essentially.
When they would work the fields.
Enlist their livestock too.
Increase their work and enable them to plow the fields and so you know.
We talk about yokes in the Bible and we talk about the unequal yoke.
Jesus says my yoke is easy and my burden is light.
This was the way that they would capture basically and and hold onto.
An auction or some other type of beast of burden in that way, and so the harness the the yoke would harness around them and would allow the people to guide the animal to plow the field or to, you know, run through their crop or whatever work that they're doing in the field.
But you can imagine.
Right, the in order for them to utilize the animals in this.
Way they weren't just totally free animals.
They had to be constrained in some way, and so there had to be the yoke.
There had to be the the harness and the equipment that would go around them that would attach them to the the things that they needed to be attached to to do the work.
And so the idea here of lifting up the horse.
Turn is a resistance that's being expressed by the animal as they're attempting to harness the animal or put on the yoke.
In order to do the work.
And so you can think about this in the idea of this of rebellion and resistance.
To submission to God, resistance to humbling yourself before the Lord, lifting up the horn, is a way of expressing this.
Declaration of No, I don't want to do that.
Now this picture caused me to.
Think a little.
Bit about Maui, our little dog, Maui.
He loves to go for a walk.
And he even recognizes the word.
And if we say Maui, you want to go for a walk, he'll be doing cartwheels.
He'll be flipping up and down over backwards, spinning around like he just.
Even if I say it in Spanish, yet it's coming not.
He gets so excited, he understands that he's bilingual.
He gets it both ways.
And he's so excited.
We did this literally every day.
He is so excited that we can't put the harness.
On him him.
He's he's like twerking out like just.
Like wait wait.
Wait wait, wait like and so we're trying to put his legs through.
The harness, and he's like flailing his.
Legs around and paws are going everywhere and you kind.
Of have to like force it on.
Like this is to get him to do something that he wants to do.
He's so excited to.
Do it, he can't contain himself and so.
It makes it difficult to put on the harness.
That's not quite like lifting up the horn right?
But that idea of trying to harness and the animals making it difficult?
That's the picture.
Another situation of Maui is that he doesn't like to have his hair trimmed, especially in certain areas of his body that are more sensitive than other areas, right?
And so there is this constant battle of bringing the razor.
By Razor I mean you know one of those Buzzard things, not like a razor, but anyways.
So bringing the Clippers there you go, that's a better word, right?
So bring the Clippers and then he's resisting.
He's pulling away.
He doesn't want to submit to.
And some occasions.
He just reserves himself to OK.
I guess it's going to happen and you see his ears droop and his head kind of drops like OK, fine, just shave me down.
OK, just let's just get this.
Over with right, there's that finally I caved and I'm going to allow this.
This is the idea.
Of what God is asking for many times.
He is trying to bring the Clippers close and we're like no, no no.
I don't want that.
I don't want that in my life.
I don't want.
Yeah no I can't allow that to to happen.
And we're resisting the work of God.
It's lifting up the Hornets, saying, no, I don't want to.
Be harnessed, I don't want to submit to what you say I don't want to do what you command.
And it's this resistance to God that is being pictured here on the lifting up of the horn.
And so God says, don't do that and verse five do not lift up your horn on high.
Bow your head and let the harness go on.
Don't keep lifting up your head and trying to like.
Bounce the harness off while the farmer is trying to put it on right like just receive it.
Take my yoke upon you.
Jesus says right.
Receive the yo don't fight against it.
Don't lift up your head.
Don't speak with that stiff neck where you're like, no, no, you can't put it on me, Nope, resisting what it is that.
God wants to do.
But he goes on to explain why.
In verse six he says for exaltation comes neither from the east nor from the West, or from the South.
But God is the judge.
He puts down one and exalts.
If you've heard this verse before, you've probably heard it in the context of the workplace.
You know if you're trying to get a promotion or you know something like.
That exaltation comes neither from the east or the West.
It comes from the Lord, and so trust the Lord and submit to the Lord and serve the Lord.
And there's certainly application.
Along those lines that you can consider and.
God can speak to you about.
But talking it to the wicked and the boastful is really what this verse is addressing.
Not the righteous.
Who are, you know, trying to do?
Well, in the workplace and get a promotion, it's it's talking to the boastful the wicked.
Who are trying to be lifted up?
They're trying to have their independence and not be submitted to the Lord.
To have you know the glory for themselves.
And the lid says.
You're not going to get that.
From any direction you can go or any direction you could get help from.
Exaltation doesn't come from those ways you want to experience freedom.
You want to.
Experience that that you know glory.
It doesn't come from trying to do it yourself or from trying to get help.
From anyone around you.
It doesn't accomplish.
It's not accomplished by your own efforts.
Your own boasting and you making it happen for yourself.
You need to understand God is the judge.
He puts down and he exalts.
You don't get to choose.
Your role, your job as creation.
Is to submit to God as the judge.
Let him put down those who need to be put down.
Putting down is not in the.
Animal context of taking them to the vet.
OK, but you know the the lowering he he lowers and he lifts up.
Moves and establishes the things that need to be established in our lives.
This is perhaps similar to you could consider when Jesus.
Taught us that we need to.
Lose our lives in order to save them.
Like give up on trying to make everything that you want happen. Stop trying to make enforce your will in your way. Lose your life for Christ's sake.
Find your identity.
That you work for and strive for in Christ.
And then you gain.
That's when exaltation comes.
Again, humble yourself in the sight of the Lord and he.
We'll lift you up.
And so God warns against self exaltation.
And self exaltation can take many different forms.
It can be, you know, just wanting to have the pleasures that we wanted in this life, that God is forbidden.
And we need to understand God forbidden them because they're not good for us, not because he doesn't want us to enjoy life or enjoy things.
But God called it sin, and we exalt ourselves and say no, this is what I want.
This is what I deserve.
This is what I'm going to get.
This is what's going to happen.
So we self exalt to get things we want, get positions we want, get popularity, we want, get power that we want.
And so God warns against that.
Well, everything that is high and lifted up is in opposition to God.
And so God will cast it down.
And that's the judgment that will come, that is deserved.
For self exaltation.
Jesus gave a.
Similar warning, a stern warning to the religious leaders in Matthew Chapter 23.
He first spoke to the crowds and says he.
Watch out for the scribes and the Pharisees.
Listen to the Bible when they teach it.
But in their religious.
Uhm, pride they were.
Involved in self exaltation.
Matthew Chapter 23 verse.
Five the Lord says all their works they do to be seen by men.
They make their phylacteries broad and enlarge the borders.
Of their garments.
They love the best places at feasts.
The best seats in the synagogue, greetings in the marketplace and to be called by men, Rabbi Rabbi.
Jesus looking at their heart says.
The religious leaders.
Are immersed in self exaltation.
They're exalting themselves by doing works.
Primarily to be seen by people.
They put on a religious show and make phylacteries broad.
These things that they would have on their bodies and and it would be this declaration of I am really religious and on fire for God.
You can tell because my phylactery is so broad.
They love the best places at feasts.
And so they would exalt themselves.
They would work and manipulate.
And you know, work.
And the crowds who get those places of recognition and honor.
Make sure that the people were trained to call.
Them Rabbi rabbi.
They exalted themselves to this place.
Of authority over the people.
That God did not have for them.
And it's one of the reasons why Jesus had such strong words against.
And so he warns the crowds.
Later on in the passage, Matthew 2311 and 12, Jesus says whoever is greatest among you shall be your servant.
And whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and who humbles himself will be exalted.
This lifting up of self will result in judgment.
You will be humbled because God judges you for exalting yourself.
Religiously in the workplace.
However, for more fashion that takes your resistance to God and refusal to submit to God is lifting yourself up.
And and we can be involved in this self exaltation, if even if we don't, you know want to be the most popular person or YouTube famous.
Or you know, whatever that doesn't.
It doesn't mean that we are seeking that kind of glory or exaltation.
But resisting the word of God and refusing to humble ourselves before God and to submit to God.
Is exalting ourselves against God.
And Jesus says that's not.
The way to be great.
If you want to be great, be a servant.
If you want to be great if you want to be great, submit to God, humble yourself.
Because those who.
Will be exalting themselves will be humbled by the mighty hand of God, by the judgment.
Jesus said, what would it profit to?
Gain the whole world.
But to lose your soul.
To exalt yourself financially.
At the expense of receiving the judgment of God.
And what you lifted high being brought low?
Because it was in defiance against God.
God warns against self exaltation. Well, verse 8 now goes on to give us point #3.
God will fully judge the wicked.
God will fully judge the wicked.
Verse 8 says.
For in the hand of the.
Lord, there is a cup.
And the wine is red.
It is fully mixed and he pours it out.
Surely it's dregs.
Shall all the wicked of the.
Word of the earth.
Drain and drink down.
Continuing on the idea of God putting down those who.
Have exalted themselves.
The self exaltation has happened, it's been.
They've been lifting themselves up and here, God says.
You won't get away with it.
None of the wicked will get away with wickedness.
God will judge the wicked.
Self exaltation for every defiance, for every evil and wicked thing.
This captures that fullness of the judgment that God will pour out upon all the wicked.
It's another illustration and.
I don't know how familiar you are with this kind of illustration.
I'm not gonna ask for a show of hands lest I judge you too harshly.
But the picture here is of a cup with wine.
The wine is mixed with some extra spices to make it extra potent.
But then it's.
And that the picture here of the drags is an important picture.
Because it speaks about.
The fullness of the judgment that God is referring to here.
So there's this illustration.
God saying, my judgment is like a.
Cup of wine.
And it's going to be poured out and the dregs would be the the remnants, the sediment, the the stuff that would settle on the bottom.
And so when he says the dregs shall all the wicked of the earth drain and drink down.
You could maybe paraphrase this to say like every last drop.
That it's not just some.
Of the judgment.
But that all of the wine, even including that part, that some people just don't even drink, 'cause it's the the junk that settles on the bottom.
They don't, they don't partake of that, but even that to that extent, the judgment will be.
I think it would be helpful to consider this verse in another version.
This is the new King Jerry version.
Here's how it goes for in the hand of the Lord there is a bowl, and the bowl contains cocoa puffs and milk.
And he serves it up.
Surely the purple milk leftover shall all the wicked of the earth drain and drink down.
You know that little purple?
Remnants of the Cocoa Puffs after you and then you take the bowl.
And you get.
You know you don't stop when the cereals all gone.
There's that little purple milk left.
And you got to finish that up, right?
That's the idea here when God saying I'm pouring out judgment, there's not going to be anything left.
There's going to be no remnants left.
It is going to be fully executed.
God will fully judge the wicked and notice he says there in verse 8 surely it's dregs shall all the wicked of the earth drain and drink down.
To all those kind of that are happening here, it's all the judgments and all the wicked.
The point is, there is not one wicked person who will not be judged for one wicked.
Behavior or activity that they have done.
Every wicked act, every wicked heart, every element of wickedness, every injustice as we started out talking like every bit of wickedness and injustice will be answered and dealt with upon every person who deserves the judgment of God to the full extent.
Of every person.
And to the full extent of in each person.
But the fullness of judgment that they deserve.
And so God will fully judge the.
Wicked means all the wicked.
And it means also each of the wicked will get the full judgment that is deserved.
And so we can rest assured in those times in those scenarios where.
We look around the society and there's great injustice.
We look around and there's great wickedness being celebrated and enjoyed promoted, encouraged there's deception going on.
There's all these things happening.
Or maybe we look closer and justice the the people interacting with us and the people coming against us and it just seems like.
There is this prevalence of wickedness and attack against.
Our own selves that.
We're waiting for God, we're wondering why is?
God allowing this.
I'm I'm seeking to walk with the Lord and and to do my best and and there's all this opposition.
There's all this attacks and battle.
And it just seemed so unfair and unjust.
But here God reminds us.
Going back to verse two, when I choose the proper time I will judge Uprightly.
I'm going to make things right.
At the right time.
Where there's the most amount of repentance and the least amount of judgment.
But at that right time, when the judgment comes, then it will be a full judgment.
On all the wicked for all.
Of the wickedness that they have done.
Now for us as we consider that this evening.
I I would.
Hope that we don't have to be worried about the full judgment, because we're.
Not lifting up the horn, we're not resisting the.
Work of God.
When we humble ourselves and submit to God.
Then the picture changes drastically.
And so instead of us receiving the full judgment of the wicked, which.
Is what we deserve.
We have one who.
Received that judgment for us, and so, as you picture that that wine, glass, and even the dregs being poured out in judgment.
Understand that Jesus drank every last drop.
On our behalf.
That this is what he's referring to when he talks about the cup many times throughout his ministry. Matthew chapter 26.
There in the garden of Gethsemane E Jesus tells us disciples, my soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death.
Stay here and watch with me.
He went a little farther, fell on his face, and prayed, saying, Oh my father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me.
Nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.
If there's another way besides the cross for humanity to be saved for, the humble to be exalted for those who to submit to you to be saved from the judgment that they deserve.
If there's another way for that to happen, let's do that, but.
If that's not the case.
Not my will, but your will be done.
The Lord spoke to the father in this way.
Let this cup pass from me.
This cup of judgment I don't want to.
Drink up all the.
Remnants and the drugs that are in the bottom of the cup and receive the full judgment.
It's going to be incredibly painful.
It's going to be excruciatingly difficult.
If there's another way.
For people to not experience that judgment, then let's do that, but there wasn't another way.
The Lord received the full judgment.
The full penalty for all of the wickedness, and so it's still true.
All iniquity, all wickedness is fully judged.
You and I have the opportunity to escape judgment.
The judgment was still measured out, it's just that the Lord received.
It on our behalf.
And so the full.
Judgment was poured out.
Our sin upon him there at the cross.
Well, finally verses 9 and 10 gives us point #4. God lets us choose judgment or glory.
We get to choose.
We get that option because of what Christ has done because he received.
That judgment and drink the cup.
We get the opportunity to choose.
To lift up the horn or to bow down before him.
But I will declare forever.
I will sing praises to the God of Jacob.
All the horns of the wicked.
I will also cut off, but the horns of the righteous shall be exalted.
Here, God says, well, actually verse nine is the psalmist, again speaking.
The psalmist says I will declare forever.
I was seeing praises to the God of Jacob, but then he goes back and is speaking on behalf of God, all the horns of the wicked.
I will also cut off.
And so again we see this exchange back and forth.
As the psalmist here says, but I will declare forever.
It's a contrast.
The wicked are resisting.
They're lifting up their head.
They're using their horns to try to fend off.
They harness the yoke.
They're stiffening their necks, trying to resist.
The work of God.
The plan of God, the.
Commands of God.
In contrast to that.
The psalmist says I will declare forever.
I will sing praises to the God.
Humbling ourselves before God receiving the yoke of the Lord is in parallel to.
The ongoing forever declaration.
And the forever singing praises to God.
Worship of God is a.
Of our submission to God.
Singing to God.
I don't know how much you sing when we're in church and singing together.
Some people don't sing.
Not saying that we should look at them and make conclusions about their lives.
I'm saying if you're the one who doesn't sing when we're singing praises to God.
Maybe you need to do a little bit of self reflection and consider am I.
Submit it to God?
Or am I exalting myself by refusing to sing?
Am I too proud to worship God?
Am I too proud to sing?
Well, I don't have a good voice with.
That's a different thing.
Well, I'm not going to chase that Rabbit Trail too far, but.
Perhaps there's an indication here of something that is out of place.
When we're not able to sing praises to the God of Jacob.
When we're not able to worship God.
Warren Wisby says.
As for me, it's the nasb words it that way.
It indicates here a decision on the part of the psalmist.
SF had participated in sanctuary worship and.
Helped lead the music.
But he too had to make a decision.
To obey the Lord and tell others about him.
He was, you could say we would say in our day, right?
He's involved in ministry.
But here he says, I will declare forever.
I will sing praises to God.
He's he's making a deliberate decision.
To worship God.
To choose submission to God.
And just choose to glorify God.
And as the psalmist makes this declaration, God again speaks.
It says all the horns of the wicked.
I will also cut off those horns as they they're trying to resist the harness or trying to resist the yoke.
God says enough.
He says I'm just.
Going to cut their horns off.
Horns were that that symbol of strength and symbol of glory, and all that self exaltation, and what you thought you were strong in, and what you thought you could accomplish.
God says, I'm gonna cut it off everything you you know involved yourself into such great degree.
Because you wanted it so badly.
No matter if God wanted it for you or not, God.
Says I'm going to cut it off.
Every high and lofty thing will be cast down.
And all the horns.
Of the wicked will be cut off.
But the horns of the righteous shall be exalted, and so you see the the oxen with its horns right.
I don't know.
Maybe like this.
OK, so the auction lake is bowing down OK.
Yes, put the harness on me.
And then the harness goes on and the farmer lifts up.
I just caught a glimpse of myself doing this in the camera.
What a silly guy.
I am OK, but.
You humble yourself before the Lord and he will exalt you.
And you'll find that the yoke is.
Easy, and the burden is light.
One final thought here from Pastor David Guzik.
God's work of judgment is not only against the proud and the wicked, it is also for the righteous, as surely as he will cut off the arrogant pride of the wicked he.
Will also exalt.
The strength of the righteous and so going back to the beginning.
This is one of the reasons why we can give thanks.
For God's certain judgment.
It will make things right and as we cry out for justice and there is that that cry of injustice in our hearts and in society around us.
All of those things will be made right.
And there's reason to thank God for that.
But there's also reason to thank God.
All of the faithfulness of his people.
The sacrifices that have been made in his name on his behalf.
Every work for him.
And the path that he's set for us will be rewarded.
And the horn will be lifted up and you humble yourself before God.
Will lift you up.
And so God lets us choose.
How he responds to us and our interaction with him on that day?
It's all entirely up to us.
He's laid everything on the table.
So we can choose.
To surrender our lives to him.
To submit to God and worship him.
It's choosing glory, but if we choose to pursue.
Glory and try to make our own way and get our own will and do what we.
Want to do regardless of what God says?
It's us choosing judgment.
And so God Scott.
He's the one who has the final say.
The question is.
Which do we choose? Judgment?
Or glory submission to God or resistance.
To what God has said.
But we prayed that you would help us too.
Have a clear picture.
And understanding of our own hearts.
Lord, that we wouldn't be.
So deceived like the religious leaders who were so convinced of their righteousness and so convinced of their relationship with you.
But they were just really delusional and completely set apart from you.
But I pray that you would help.
Us to see clearly right now.
Whether we're choosing judgment or glory.
Revealed to us Lord.
Show us when we're lifting up our horn against you when we are resisting what you say in your call for us.
Help us Lord instead to bow before you to submit our lives to you.
To surrender ourselves and allow you.
And to do.
The work that you want to do.
God teach us to humble ourselves before you.
Help us to give thanks.
Word for the surety, the certainty.
Knowing that you get the final say, you're here with us, you're in our midst, you're near.
So may we be grateful.
And so rendered to you.
I pray this in Jesus name.