For the director of music. To the tune of “Do Not Destroy.” A psalm of Asaph. A song.
1We praise YOU, GOD,
we praise YOU, for YOUR Name Is Near;
people tell of YOUR Wonderful Deeds.
“I Choose the appointed time;
It Is I Who Judge with equity.
3When the earth and all its people quake,
It Is I Who Hold its pillars firm.b
4To the arrogant I Say, ‘Boast no more,’
and to the wicked, ‘Do not lift up your horns.c
5Do not lift your horns against Heaven;
Do not speak so defiantly.’ ”
6No one from the east or the west
or from the desert can exalt themselves.
7It Is GOD Who Judges:
HE Brings one Down, HE Exalts another.
8In the Hand of The Lord Is a cup
full of foaming wine mixed with spices;
HE Pours it Out, and all the wicked of the earth
drink it down to its very dregs.
9As for me, I will declare this forever;
I will sing praise to The GOD of Jacob,
“I Will Cut Off the horns of all the wicked,
but the horns of the righteous will be lifted up.”
This may well be applied to CHRIST and His Government. Man's sin threatened to destroy the whole creation; but CHRIST saved the world from ruin. HE Who Is GOD’s Wisdom, Bids us to be wise. To the proud, daring sinners HE Says, “Boast not of your power, persist not in contempt.”
All the present hopes and future happiness of the human race spring from the Son of GOD, JESUS CHRIST our LORD.