Scripture: Psalm 75:2-3, ‘You say, “I choose the appointed time; it is I who judge uprightly. When the earth and all its people quake, it is I who hold its pillars firm.”’
Observations: This is one of the few Psalms where the Psalmist puts words in God’s mouth. Like in many of the Prophetic books God speaks directly here. And what God is saying is that He is sovereign over all things. God is in control. Firstly, God is in control of time. He says, ‘I choose the appointed time.’ God acts when he thinks it is right to act, not when we think he should. This is seen particularly in the coming of Jesus. Paul writes, ‘when the time had fully come, God sent his Son. (Gal 4:4)’ And God has also appointed the time of Christ’s return when he will judge the living and the dead. The point is that everything happens according to God’s ultimate plan. Secondly, God judges uprightly. When God decides to act his decision is just. In verse 7 the Psalmist writes, ‘But it is God who judges: He brings one down, he exalts another.’ God chooses who will be saved and who will face the consequences of their sin. We don’t know why God chooses one over another, but we do know it is an act of undeserved grave on his behalf, and we do know that his choice is right. Thirdly, nothing is outside God’s control. Even ‘when the earth and all its people quake, [God] holds its pillars firm.’ When it looks like everything is falling apart, God is in control. God holds this world in his hands and he won’t let it go until it is time to do so. The same is true for our lives, God holds us in his hands and he has promised that those who are his children he will never let go (Jn 10:28-29).
Application: The belief that God is Sovereign, that he is in control of all things means that we don’t believe in fate or chance. We may not always understand why God allows certain things to happen, but we do know that they happen in his time, that they are right, that they are part of his plan. Ultimately we believe that in the end God ‘will cut off the horns of all the wicked, but the horns of the righteous will be lifted up. (v10)’ God works all things for the good of those who love him (Rom 8:28). Therefore, give thanks to God and tell of his wonderful deeds (v1).
Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, I give thanks to You that at just the right time You sent Your Son, Jesus into the world in order to die for my sins. I thank You that at just the right time You sent Your Spirit into my heart and saved me from my sin. I thank You that You are in control of all things, and that even when it seems to my limited eyes that things are falling apart, that I know that You are Sovereign and that You are fulfilling Your purposes. Lord, forgive me when I doubt Your goodness, and help me trust Your promises to me. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.