Daily Psalm Reading – Psalm 71-75
Is the judgement of God a good thing? According to Scripture, yes it is!
The judgement of God is what separates the righteous from the wicked. The judgement of God is the bringing about of God’s justice, to right the wrongs of this world, to remove the wicked from power and to exalt those who are faithful to God.
The judgement of God is a very good thing…unless you are unrighteous.
Psalm 75 begins like a praise song, and then moves into the forthcoming judgement of God. It also includes a divine speech, the words spoken by God himself.
“When I choose a time,Psalm 75:2-5 CSB
I will judge fairly.
When the earth and all its inhabitants shake,
I am the one who steadies its pillars.
I say to the boastful, ‘Do not boast,’
and to the wicked, ‘Do not lift up your horn.
Do not lift up your horn against heaven
or speak arrogantly.’ ”
The imagery of God as judge pouring out his judgement is seen in verses 6-8. It’s not something that the wicked can escape. They will judged. But for the righteous God’s judgement brings forth praise! (v. 9)
The final promise of the Psalm is another quote from God himself about justice.
“I will cut off all the horns of the wicked,Psalm 75:10 CSB
but the horns of the righteous will be lifted up.”
As you can see from this short Psalm, the righteous have nothing to fear when it comes to God’s judgement. It should cause thanksgiving and proclamation (v. 1), and continuous praise (v. 9) from God’s people. God has promised to judge fairly. (v. 2) God’s judgement is indeed good news!
If the judgement of God does not sound like good news, that’s a good indication that there are some changes that need to be made in your life and relationship with God. Here’s what Jesus had to say about the coming judgment.
“The Father, in fact, judges no one but has given all judgment to the Son, so that all people may honor the Son just as they honor the Father. Anyone who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent him. Truly I tell you, anyone who hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not come under judgment but has passed from death to life. “John 5:22-24 CSB (emphasis added)
The judgement of God is good news! And Jesus has told us how not to fall under that judgement! That is very good news!
Now what are you going to do about it?