Through the Bible Day by Day
To the chief Musician, Altaschith, A Psalm or Song of Asaph. Unto thee, O God, do we give thanks, unto thee do we give thanks: for that thy name is near thy wondrous works declare.
GOD PUTTETH DOWN AND LIFTETH UP
This psalm dates probably from Sennacherib’s invasion, and therefore the North is omitted in Psa_75:6, that being the quarter from which the enemy came.
God is near, Psa_75:1-3. There are high moments in life when we realize how real and near God is. The ground on which we stand is holy. We know that we are safe in the pavilion of our Father’s care. Then we give repeated thanks, Psa_75:1. Presently God speaks and assures us that when the earth and its inhabitants dissolve, He will sustain its pillars. What an encouragement is this, when the whole world seems about to be dissolved!
Turning from God to man, the psalmist rebukes his enemies and bids them cease their arrogant talk and behavior, Psa_75:4. The horn is the strength of certain beasts, and is a symbol of power, Deu_33:17; Dan_7:7. But God is the supreme Ruler of men. Our position or promotion in life is His arrangement, to be held as a sacred trust for Him. Let us, amid a world in arms, be light-hearted and sing. God will take care of those who trust Him.