Where does exaltation come from? — Psalms 73-75

Hope your Sunday has been good. What did you think of today’s reading?

Our feet almost stumble (Psalm 73:2) — One of my favorite psalms is Psalm 73. It expresses so well the questions that have rattled through the mind of everyone who tries to do right at one time or the other, including my own. why do the bad guys seems to get away with it? Our feet stumble over it, and the question of evil has caused more than one person to fall away from the living God. Although this psalm does wrestle with the problem of evil it doesn’t give us a reason why such things happen. Such an answer would fill volumes and libraries. Rather it simply gives us hope for how justice and equity will ultimately be served in the end. And after all is said and done this is really the more important thing to know. What? Do you really think, like Job surmises, that God makes mistakes? That He has been unjust? The truth is that we may never know in this life why things happen to us or others as they do. The reality is that it is probably complicated and complex beyond man’s ability to grasp. But God will exercise justice; of that you may be sure.

A foolish people have spurned your name (Psalm 74) — It is possible and maybe likely that this psalm was written during the Babylonian exile. It speaks of the destruction of the Temple and a people who revile and spurn God’s name. And It calls upon the God who created the world, who does great miracles, who can destroyed Leviathan, who can do anything to return justice upon this people who have reviled the LORD’s name. It’s lesson is not so much that we should be calling down fire and brimstone upon our enemies, as much as it is that it is certain destruction to revile and spurn the name of the LORD.

Not from east or west, but from above (Psalm 75) — Fame and fortune. We seek it hither, thither, and yon. We don’t seem to care if we’re famous or infamous just as long as people know our names. But exaltation is not from east or west, the Lord says; instead it comes from above. In other words, be as famous as you want, but the recognition that counts for eternity is God’s. Young people especially are familiar with the concept of waiting in line together into a club, and everyone wants to be on the “A” list, so that you can just walk right in. Fame can get you in; good looks can get you in; connections can get you in. But the entry that will make the most difference will be Heaven’s gate and it will not be Peter, but Jesus who’ll be standing at the door. It’s recognition from Him that is crucial. You really don’t want to hear, “I never knew you”. Forget about “cool” and getting on men’s “A” list — shoot for the “book of life” that leads to eternal life.

See you tomorrow, Lord willing.

About parklinscomb

I'm a minister for the church of Christ in Manchester NH where I've worked since the 1970's. I'm a big fan of my family, archaeology, the Bible, the Lord's church, and Gander Brook Christian Camp.
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