Promotion is from God

Scripture reading for June 18: Psalms 73-77

We live in a land where democracy and the rule of the people have clouded our understanding of authority and how it is obtained.  We tend to think that we work our way into positions of authority.  We campaign hard and make a case and the votes place us in office.  In the church, we elect a pastor and then elect board members and deacons to fill positions of authority.  We think that the power is given to the church body to place someone in position.  In our world, promotion comes with political power and influence.  It’s who you know that can get you where you want to be. 

The psalmist gives us insight into the true source of authority in Psalm 75.  God is the one who rules all the earth and mankind. (Psalm 75:2-3)  He sets the appointed time for judgment and is the one who holds all the earth together.  He will shake the pillars of the earth at the time He sets!  Arrogant man boasts of his own power and achievements.  The wicked are warned not to “lift up your horns”.  Horns in the Bible refer to power or authority. Wicked people think that they have all power over heaven and deny God’s power and authority.  They will be sadly shocked when God arises to shake things up!

The psalmist states that no man can really exalt another man.  God alone is in charge and is the judge of all.  He places those He wants in power and authority and can remove them at any time He desires!  He raises up one and brings down another.  (Psalm 75:6-7)  He is able to judge the wicked and make them drink a cup full of foaming wine, representing His wrath against sin.  The psalmist states that this truth will be declared by him forever as praise to the Lord Who is all powerful!

God is truly in charge!  Even when it appears that the wicked are prospering and have no cares, God will judge them in His appointed time.  (Psalm 73:15-20)  We are to fear God and serve Him alone.  Declaring God’s power and authority to our generation is a duty and privilege of the righteous!  Share these truths with someone in your life today!  Make it a practice to view life and promotion from God’s perspective!  Look to Him alone for the position that you desire!

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