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Dave Burnette's Commentary

Psalm Chapter 75

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: David, Asaph, Solomon, Heman, Ethan, Moses, and the Sons of Korah
Date Penned: (1440-586 BC)
Overview: Poetry for the Expression of Praise and Worship to God (c 1-150)
Theme: The Third Book of Psalms (c 73 - 89)
Message: The Temporary Prosperity of the Wicked (v 1-10)

Psalms 75 Commentary

(75:2) God is Control - "When I shall receive the congregation" could read "when I choose the appointed time" or when I am ready." Children have difficulty grasping the concept of time since they tend to comprehend only the present. "It's not time yet" is not a reason they easily understand. As limited human beings, we also do not understand God's perspective on time. We want everything now, unaware that God's timing is better than ours. When God is ready, he will do what needs to be done, not what we would like him to do. We may be as impatient as children, but we must not doubt the wisdom of God's timing. Wait for God to reveal his plan. Don't take matters into vour own hands. God will act when he is ready. 

(75:8) God's Judgment - The cup of wine represents God's judgment that is coming against the wicked. God will pour out his fury on his enemies, and they will be forced to drink it. Drinking the cup of God's judgment is a picture used frequently in Scripture (Isaiah 5117, 22; Jeremiah 25:15; 49:12; Habakkuk 2:16; Revelation 14:10; 16:19; 18:6). It gives the impression of taking a dose of one's own medicine. To drink the cup of judgment to the dregs means to drink it to the last drop -to be punished completely. 7Silo God wil have the last word. He will decide the final outcome, settling all matters that concern both the wicked and the sodly. The former will eventually experience his judgment, the latter will experience his faithful love. No matter how dark the days you face, make it your continual practice to acknowledge God's sovereignty over your world. Tell him regularly how grateful you are that he has the final word.

Dave Burnette's Life Application

His Timing

Each day, we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter, making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today, we continue in the Book of Psalms with Chapter 75. In our text today, we see a theme of God being the final judge who will turn the tables on the wicked. In making application, we see the constant theme of how God is in control, the wicked will be judged, all according to God's Will and Timing. How about you? Do you struggle with others who are not brought to a quick justice? Let us learn from our Psalm and text today to remember that our God is just and delivers justice according to His Will and timing. 


Psalm 75

Psalm 75

 1Unto thee, O God, do we give thanks, unto thee do we give thanks: for that thy name is near thy wondrous works declare.

 2When I shall receive the congregation I will judge uprightly.

 3The earth and all the inhabitants thereof are dissolved: I bear up the pillars of it. Selah.

 4I said unto the fools, Deal not foolishly: and to the wicked, Lift not up the horn:

 5Lift not up your horn on high: speak not with a stiff neck.

 6For promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south.

 7But God is the judge: he putteth down one, and setteth up another.

 8For in the hand of the LORD there is a cup, and the wine is red; it is full of mixture; and he poureth out of the same: but the dregs thereof, all the wicked of the earth shall wring them out, and drink them.

 9But I will declare for ever; I will sing praises to the God of Jacob.

 10All the horns of the wicked also will I cut off; but the horns of the righteous shall be exalted.