The Psalms of David

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Something to do

1.         Study verses 12-17, then read Genesis chapter 1 (if you have a Bible).

2.         Pray for poor and *oppressed people. Ask God to give them help. These people could be:

   ·   refugees (people running away from their enemies or from bad weather)

   ·   *oppressed (people that have rulers that make them work hard but do not pay them much)

   ·   at war (God will always help people from both sides if they pray to him)

Earthquakes, Horns And A Cup Of Wine!

(See The Notes)

Psalm 75

Jesus woke up and he was angry with the wind. He said to the sea, "Shut your mouth and stop making a noise!" And the wind stopped blowing and it was very quiet. (Mark 4:39) (The word that Jesus used was one that people used to make their animals quiet.)

Psalm 75

     (This is) for the music leader.
(He must use music called) "Do Not Destroy".
(This is) a Psalm of *Asaph (and) a Song.

v1      God, we thank you.
     We really thank you because you are still near to us.
     This is what the *wonderful things that you have done tell us!

v2      (God said,) "At the time that I will choose, I will be a fair *judge.

v3      When the earth *shakes and everything in it (is afraid),
     I will stop its *foundations moving.      *SELAH

v4      I say to the people that are *boasting, "Do not *boast".
     (I say) to the *godless, "Do not lift up your *horn.

v5      Do not lift your *horn up high.
     (Do not) push your neck up high when you speak".

v6     For nobody
       ·     from the east
       ·     or from the west
       ·     or from the *desert (in the south)
       ·     or from the mountains (in the north)

v7        will be *judge. Only God (will be *judge).
     He puts one person down and he lifts up another person.

v8      Because there is a cup in the *LORD’s hand.
     It is full of *wine, mixing with *spice.
     (The *LORD) will pour it out from this (cup).
     All the *godless people in the world will drink it.
     They will drink the last bit of it.

v9      But I will always talk about (what God did).
     I will sing *praise to the God of *Jacob.

v10    (Because he says) "I will cut off all the *horns of the *godless.
     But I will lift up the *horns of the *righteous".

The Story of Psalm 75

The psalm tells us that God has done something good for his people. Many Bible students think that the good thing was this. God saved them from the King of Assyria. His name was Sennacherib. Assyria was a country north and east of Judah. Sennacherib fought against many places near Judah and won. But when he fought against the capital city of Judah, he did not win. The capital city was Jerusalem. The *temple was in Jerusalem. God kept the *temple and his people that lived near it safe. You can read the story in Isaiah chapters 36 and 37. About 100 years later God did not keep the *temple and his people safe. You can read about this in Psalm 74.

There are three pictures in Psalm 75. The *psalmist tells us three things in these pictures. He does this because he thinks that we will remember pictures better than words! The pictures are of earthquakes, *horns and a cup of *wine. What do they mean? You can read the notes to find out what each picture is about. But all three of them say one thing: God is our *judge, not men.

What Psalm 75 means

Verses 1 and 9: All the people thank God for what he has done. Because he has given them help, it tells them that God is with them. The *Hebrew Bible says, "Your name is near to us". This is one way that the *Israelites said "You are near to us". God was where his name was! In verse 9, only the *psalmist speaks. He will always talk about what God has done. The "God of *Jacob" means "God of the *Israelites".

Verses 2, 6 and 7: Only God will be the *judge, and he will be a fair *judge. "At the time", in verse 2, means "when God decides to be *judge". This may be in the lives of people, or at the end when they die. If the psalm is about Sennacherib, then it was while he was alive. Later, when he died, God *judged him again. In verse 6, we could translate "the mountains" as "will lift up". They are the same word in *Hebrew. Both are true. Nobody is a more important *judge than God. It does not matter what direction they come from. And as verse 7 tells us, God "puts one person down and he lifts up another". This means that he says that one person is wrong ("puts down") and another person right ("lifts up").

Verse 3: Earthquakes. An earthquake is when the ground moves. Buildings and trees fall over. Big holes appear in the ground. People and animals become very frightened. When Sennacherib came, the people felt as if they were in an earthquake. They were very much afraid. It was not a *real earthquake, but they were just as frightened. God is speaking in verses 2 - 5 (and also verse 10). God says in verse 3 "In an earthquake I can stop the ground moving". This is a picture that tells us this. In a war, God can stop the fighting. The word *SELAH maybe means "stop and think and pray about it".

Verses 4, 5 and 10: Horns. Many animals have horns on their heads. Cows, goats and deer are examples. The horns are bones that they fight with. The horns make them strong and powerful. So, in this psalm, horns are just a picture. The *godless people (like Sennacherib) did not have horns on their heads! "Do not lift up your horn" in verse 4 means "Do not show how strong you are". Maybe it also means "Do not fight". In verse 10 God says, "I will cut off the horns of the *godless". This means that they will not be strong and powerful again. They will be like animals that have lost their horns. They cannot fight. But God’s people, the *righteous, will be strong and powerful. But they must wait for "the time that God will choose", verse 1. "Push your neck up high" in verse 5 means "Think you are more important".

Verse 8: A cup of wine. Wine is a drink with alcohol in it. This wine has spices in it. They make it taste different. The wine is a picture of God *punishing the *godless. *"Punish" means "hurt someone because they have done wrong things". Drinking the wine, then, means "punishing people". "Drink the last bit" means that God will *punish these people completely. This verse is a picture of God *judging his enemies.

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