God putteth down one, and setteth up another.

Our Daily Homily By F.B. Meyer

Psalm 75:7
“But God is the judge: he putteth down one, and setteth up another.”

THIS is the psalm of up-lifts. Against the up-lifts of the wicked, described in the fourth verse, the psalmist contrasts the up-lifts of God. They come neither from East nor West, but from above. God is the supreme arbiter of human destiny. The horns of the wicked are cut off, and those of the righteous are lifted up, by the interpositions of his Providence for God is judge.

Are you depressed today? Look up to Him, and ask that you may be uplifted into fellowship with the risen glorified Lord. The Ascension of our Lord is the measure and example of our own. Are you lying among the pots? Seek for the wings of the dove, that with flitting pinion you may make your way to the Ark, where the hand awaits to take you in. Have you been in the valley of the shadow of death? Claim that the mighty power which wrought in Christ when God raised Him from the dead, and made Him sit in the heavenlies far above all power and principality, may do as much for you.

This is also true in a temporal sense. Promotions in any direction, to positions of credit, influence, or consideration, are the gift and work of God. To be lifted up to a chief place in his Church, to the stewardship of large wealth, to the exercise of commanding influence, is due to the Divine interposition. You do not hold it at the caprice of man, but as the direct bestowment of your Father. Do not fear to lose it because you are true to Him. He expects you to be true to Him. He has put you where you are for no other purpose than that you should realize His purposes among men. “A man can receive nothing, except it be given him from heaven.” (John 3:27)But if thou didst receive it, why dost thou glory?
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Psalm 75 (KJV)
To the Chief Musician; [set to the tune of] “Do Not Destroy.” A Psalm of Asaph. A song.
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.

After reading FB Meyer purposefully, I’m starting to appreciate the language, style and flow of it. It seems to be going through each of the Psalm each day. Although it did not say read through the entire psalm, I’ve decided to read through the entire psalm where the verse is extracted from. It does helps in the understanding of the psalm in it’s context.
Today’s Psalm sounds like of victory and uplifting.

KJV But God is the judge: he putteth down one, and setteth up another.
NLT It is God alone who judges; he decides who will rise and who will fall.
AMP But God is the Judge! He puts down one and lifts up another.

As FB Meyer puts it “This is also true in a temporal sense. Promotions in any direction, to positions of credit, influence, or consideration, are the gift and work of God. To be lifted up to a chief place in his Church, to the stewardship of large wealth, to the exercise of commanding influence, is due to the Divine interposition. You do not hold it at the caprice of man, but as the direct bestowment of your Father. Do not fear to lose it because you are true to Him. He expects you to be true to Him. He has put you where you are for no other purpose than that you should realize His purposes among men. “A man can receive nothing, except it be given him from heaven.” (John 3:27)But if thou didst receive it, why dost thou glory?

This reminds me of what Jesus said to Pilate in Jn 19:11 “Jesus answered, Thou couldest have no power at all against me, except it were given thee from above…”
Yes, if the authority of Pilate is given from above, that would surely means all our earthly leaders, good or bad so to speak, are given from above.
Remember King Saul, God anointed him to be a king the first king of Israel. Is this a cruel twist of fate on King Saul? For him to be anointed, yet to be judged by God as he fell away? Nay. God is good remember. Remember how Samson, being sanctified from even before conception, spoken of by the angel? Judge 13:3-5 “3And the angel of the LORD appeared unto the woman, and said unto her, Behold now, thou art barren, and bearest not: but thou shalt conceive, and bear a son. 4Now therefore beware, I pray thee, and drink not wine nor strong drink, and eat not any unclean thing: 5For, lo, thou shalt conceive, and bear a son; and no razor shall come on his head: for the child shall be a Nazarite unto God from the womb: and he shall begin to deliver Israel out of the hand of the Philistines.“ Yet each of them who were given positions, and we all know what happened to Saul and Samson.
I am reminded of any positions that are given to me. It appears that even though we may go after positions. If we get it, it is God given. Even if we do not seek for positions, sometimes they’ll just come? Shall I take it? Hmmm…

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~ by ymsim on 2010/03/23.

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