Two more songs by Asaph: Asaph was one of David’s leading Levite musicians. When David brought the Ark into Jerusalem, Asaph was one of those playing out in front of the ark. He lived through some dark days, as Psalm 74 recalls. Asaph’s faith (Psalm 74:12) is like that of Joshua who declared, but as for me and my house we will serve the Lord!
“For not from the east or from the west and not from the wilderness comes lifting up, but it is God who executes judgement, putting down one and lifting up another.”
This can be a hard word for us.
It is God who lifts up and God who puts down.
The warning is clear in Asaph’s words here – Do not boast! Do not lift yourself up!
Peter wrestles through this in 1 Peter chapter 5,
“Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for ‘God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.'”
Why? Because God opposes the proud! That should be more than enough.
Peter goes on,
“Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.”
We do not need to lift ourselves up. It is God that takes care of us – He cares for His people.
We do not need to lift ourselves up. God holds us in His everlasting arms, and human vanity and pride cannot compare to that.
* Dear Lord God,
Please humble us today.
Please remind us of our desperate and utter need for You and Your salvation.
Please remind us of what You did at Calvary on the cross all those years ago.
Please remind us of Jesus today.