Psalm 75: Foolishness of Boasting

What must happen for God’s wonderful works to be made known?

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Psalm 75:1 To the minister of music, a song of Asaph.
Thank you, God. Thank you so much, for you are well known for your wonderful works.
King James
Psalm 75:1 <To the chief Musician, Altaschith, A Psalm or Song of Asaph.> Unto thee, O God, do we give thanks, unto thee do we give thanks: for that thy name is near thy wondrous works declare.

If God will judge uprightly at the appropriate time, what should we think about how he judges now?

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Psalm 75:2 At the appropriate time, you will judge uprightly.
King James
Psalm 75:2 When I shall receive the congregation I will judge uprightly.

What is God’s purpose in the shaking of Earth’s inhabitants?

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Psalm 75:3 When Earth and all its inhabitants are shaken, you will keep everything from falling apart. Pause to meditate on that.
1 Corinthians 10:13 You are subject to the same kinds of temptations as everybody else, but God is always faithful to those who rely on him. The choice is yours. He won’t allow temptation beyond what you can bear, but with your surrender to him, he will bring the victory.
Hebrews 12:27 All creation will be shaken so only that which cannot be shaken will remain.
King James
Psalm 75:3 The earth and all the inhabitants thereof are dissolved: I bear up the pillars of it. Selah.
1 Corinthians 10:13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.
Hebrews 12:27 And this word, Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain.

What makes boasting stupid?

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Psalm 75:4 Tell the boastful to quit being so stupid. Say to the wicked, “Quit tooting your own horn.”
King James
Psalm 75:4 I said unto the fools, Deal not foolishly: and to the wicked, Lift not up the horn:

What would be smart to boast about?

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Psalm 75:5 Don’t brag like you rule from above, with stiff neck ignoring God’s power and authority.
Luke 10:20 However, you should not rejoice that evil spirits obey your commands. Instead, rejoice because your citizenship in Heaven has been recorded.
King James
Psalm 75:5 Lift not up your horn on high: speak not with a stiff neck.
Luke 10:20 Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.

If we work hard to gain a promotion, why should we think we weren’t responsible?

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Psalm 75:6–7 Promotion comes from nowhere on Earth, but God makes those decisions, putting some down while lifting up others.
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Psalm 75:6–7 For promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south. But God is the judge: he putteth down one, and setteth up another.

How does the good and bad that the righteous endure on Earth compare to what the unrighteous experience?

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Psalm 75:8 The hand of the Lord is like a cup of wine, both sweet and bitter, and the wicked on Earth can’t pick and choose but must drink it all.
King James
Psalm 75:8 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.

Why might we want to tell stories that initially seem to show the Lord as not-so-good?

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Psalm 75:9 I will always tell stories that show the Lord’s goodness. I will sing praises to the God of Jacob.
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Psalm 75:9 But I will declare for ever; I will sing praises to the God of Jacob.

What is God doing right now to weaken the wicked and strengthen the righteous?

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Psalm 75:10 The strength of the wicked will be cut off, so they can no longer boast, but God will strengthen and promote the righteous.
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Psalm 75:10 All the horns of the wicked also will I cut off; but the horns of the righteous shall be exalted.