Psalm 75: Introducing the Cup of the Lord’s Wrath

(10 verses, 1:00 to read)

LISTEN & READ

What I am about to READ

  • This short Psalm of Asaph is a call to trust in the God the Judge.

MARK

  • This Psalm switches person a number of times, so it’s important to pay attention to who is talking:
    • 1: The Lord’s people pray, thanking the Lord for the nearness of His name.
    • 2-5: The Lord announces the day of judgment and calls for humility.
    • 6-8: Asaph expounds on the Lord’s Judgment.
    • 9: Asaph’s doxology
    • 10: The Lord promises a two-fold judgment.

LEARN

  • The “horn” of the wicked (4, 10) and the righteous (10) are their boastfulness and pride.
  • The image of the cup of God’s wrath is introduced in verse 8. The “dregs” include all the sediment and particles that remain in unfiltered wine, and normally are not drunk. Here, though, the cup is being emptied.

MEDITATE

  • The cup of God’s wrath is the cup that Jesus prayed against in the Garden of Gethsemane, the cup that couldn’t pass from Him, the cup that He emptied on the cross.
  • The judgment day is coming, the day that Jesus will return to raise the dead and judge the world. Do we look for that day with joy and longing or fear and dread? Verses 1 and 9 teach us the correct perspective on that great last day.

Thoughts? Comments? Questions? Post below, or join the conversation in our Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/dailybiblemeditation/
-Pastor Bryan Wolfmueller

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