1 Unto thee, O God, do we give thanks, unto thee do we give thanks: for that thy name is near thy wondrous works declare.
2 When I shall receive the congregation I will judge uprightly.
3 The earth and all the inhabitants thereof are dissolved: I bear up the pillars of it. Selah.
We see here the real reason to give thanks to God – because His name is near and His wondrous works proclaim it. It seems that so many people get into the pattern of giving God thanks when good things happen. They give Him thanks when they get healed. They give Him thanks when they get a financial blessing. They give Him thanks when they’ve avoided a difficult situation. They give Him thanks when things turn out alright. We should give thanks just because of His name. His name declares His wondrous works!
His wondrous works include the sunrise, the sunset, the rain in due season, the air that you breathe, gravity, the ground that you walk on. You get the idea? Our praise and our thanks to God should have nothing to do with how we feel today or with what God has done for us. He is worthy of our thanks and our praise every minute of every day. In fact the very best time to praise him is when the situation is the most difficult. Because He brings victory through our praise.
Verses 2 and 3 seems to be God talking. He says that he will judge the congregation uprightly. God’s judgment is always righteous judgement. In this world it is hard to find righteous judgement anymore. It seems our judges have taken up political sides in this country and so our Supreme Court is always trying to be manipulated by our leaders. It should not have to be this way if they are actually just interpreting law and applying it. But it is this way and it is not righteous judgement.
Then the Lord says He bears up all the inhabitants of the earth. It’s His world, His solar system, His universe, His atmosphere. Keep this in mind – God has the whole world in his hands. He’s got the whole wide world in his hands. I think you can probably sing the rest of that song yourselves
4 I said unto the fools, Deal not foolishly: and to the wicked, Lift not up the horn:
5 Lift not up your horn on high: speak not with a stiff neck.
6 For promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south.
7 But God is the judge: he putteth down one, and setteth up another.
Asaph is now talking again and he’s talking to the fools. Remember who the fools are – those that say there is no God! He declares that they should not speak foolishly anymore, and that they should not lift up their horn. The lifting up of the horn was a battle . Asaph is warning them not to do that because promotion does not come from the east or the West. They are not going to be lifted up just because they think they’re better or because they sound the battle cry or because they blow their horn. That is not what will lift them up
Promotion comes from God. He is the judge. He will put down 1 and set up another the way He wants to. That is something that a lot of people in this country need to learn about the last election, and every election that takes place. Our job as Christians is to pray for our leaders whether we believe in their political position or not. I truly think that’s where we failed with the last Administration. So many of us were so dead set against Him that we forgot to pray for him. Let’s not make that mistake again. Let’s make sure that we’re praying for our leaders and high office and for their salvation. Pray that they will deal righteously with the people.
8 For 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.
9 But I will declare for ever; I will sing praises to the God of Jacob.
10 All the horns of the wicked also will I cut off; but the horns of the righteous shall be exalted.
This is an interesting portion of scripture. Asaph talks about the Lord having a cup in His hand and He pours it out. This is the Lord taking care of the wicked. They will not last in His hand. You know how much they may scream and shout and come against us, but they will not prevail in the end because God is on our side and He’s never defeated.
Asaph says he will declare forever and sing the Praises of Jacob. This is his job and this is our job. Where do you declare God’s name forever and sing his praises? Is it only in church or in the privacy of our own home? As we praise the Lord it drsaw men unto Him. Jesus said if we lift Him uo, He will draw men to himself (John 12:32)? What are we doing to lift Jesus up in our communities? Are we keeping it within the walls of our churches? Or are we shouting it from the rooftop. Because the horns of the wicked will be cut off but the horns of the righteous will be established. We are on the winning side, and I want to be established in God’s Kingdom – don’t you? Let’s sound the battle cry for the Lord and He will establish our goings.