Psalm 75: God in Absolute Control!

Posted on May 8, 2019

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By David Ettinger

More Than “Just” Love
That “God is love” cannot be disputed. After all, 1 John 4:8 and 16 say exactly that. This, of course, leads to a plethora of sermons on the topic of God’s love.

This is appropriate and necessary, but the percentage of “God’s love” sermons compared with those on His other characteristics is entirely disproportional. When’s the last time your pastor delivered a message on God’s wrath, judgment, or righteous anger. These are frequently visited subjects in the Bible, but they rarely find their way to pulpits.

With this in mind, let’s take a brief look at God’s absolute control over Planet Earth, specifically Psalm 75, where God, in essence, says: “I’m the Creator of all things and will act according to My perfect will whenever I want and how I want.”

A “Reply” Psalm
Psalm 75 is a reply to Psalm 74, where Asaph, the author, asks God how long it will be before He will rescue His people Israel following the destruction of the Temple by the Babylonians in 586 B.C.

In Psalm 75, God replies: “I choose the appointed time; it is I who judge with equity. When the earth and all its people quake, it is I who hold its pillars firm” (vv. 2-3).

The Lord makes clear that 1. Judgment and wrath are executed according to His perfect will and timetable. 2. When He acts, it is in perfect fairness. 3. When it looks as though Planet Earth is about to crack at the seams, it is God who braces this decaying orb.

Message of verses 2 and 3: “I am in absolute control!”

Silence, Boasters!
In verses 4-6, God gets a bit more personal, telling the pompous to be quiet: “To the arrogant I say, ‘Boast no more,’ and to the wicked, ‘Do not lift up your horns. Do not lift your horns against heaven; do not speak so defiantly.’ No one from the east or the west or from the desert can exalt themselves.”

The word “horn” in Scripture when used symbolically refers to strength. God is almost mocking the inhabitants of Earth, warning them to not assert their “strength.” However, note the Lord’s reference to “heaven.” It is like God saying: “Your measly display of power may work well  down there, but compared to the power I wield from My heavenly throne, it is feeble.”

Therefore, since humanity possesses no power in comparison to God, it cannot “exalt” itself because there is nothing to exalt. In the face of Heaven, the human race is powerless and has absolutely no control over anything!

Judgment is His!
Asaph next looks at God the ultimate authority: “It is God who judges: He brings one down, he exalts another. In the hand of the Lord is a cup full of foaming wine mixed with spices; he pours it out, and all the wicked of the earth drink it down to its very dregs” (vv. 7-8).

God is absolute monarch and judge over all His hand has created! God needs no permission from lowly humanity; He acts how He pleases and when He pleases. If He chooses to destroy one while raising up another, He will do so. Period! When He decides the time is right to bring judgment upon the wicked, He will do it completely – “down to its very dregs.” Period!

God lifts up and brings down; He forgives and He punishes; He gives life and He destroys. He does as He pleases and is in complete control of all He does!  

God in Absolute Control!
Is this the God of love? It sure is, and it is also the God who is in absolute control of everything! This may perturb the sensitivities of some, but it is the God I joyfully give my absolute allegiance to!