Psalms 75: Obedience Where You Are
Welcome to the halfway point of the longest book in the Bible! Psalms 75 is interesting because it shows how our perspective should be of our own power.
Psa 75:4 I said unto the fools, Deal not foolishly: and to the wicked, Lift not up the horn:
Psa 75:5 Lift not up your horn on high: speak not with a stiff neck.
Psa 75:6 For promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south.
Psa 75:7 But God is the judge: he putteth down one, and setteth up another.
Promotion doesn’t come from anywhere except for God. That’s kind of a weird statement because I think of promotion in a professional sense. I think of promotion as getting a higher position in my office or something much more along those lines.
In this Psalm, I think we need to take a much broader picture. God puts people where He wants to put people. All of us are good at different things, and we are suited for different roles. Some people might be great physicists, but that would definitely not be me. Some people might be really good at evangelism whereas others might be more skilled at helping people who are sick and need assistance.
As such, God will sometimes use each of our individual gifts for different purposes. Naturally, some people will do things that are considered “great,” and others of us will be relegated to more average, everyday kind of work. We might want to move somewhere different and do something entirely different, but God has given us these talents to be used where we are.
If God wants to promote us and move us to a bigger stage, he certainly has the power to do that. Think about someone like Dietrich Bonhoeffer. He was obedient and concerned with preaching the word of God wherever he went. There are plenty of pastors who do the same thing every Sunday, but they certainly do not become as famous as Bonhoeffer. However, that doesn’t mean that either one is less important. They are being obedient to the call that God has given specifically to them.
Like the verses say, promotion does not come from ourselves. God judges where He wants everyone, and it is our responsibility to be open to that calling. The foolish and the wicked apparently don’t heed this advice. They continue trying to be known. For us, we need to be comfortable wherever God places us. He might create you to become the next Billy Graham and preach to millions, or you might be a little bit more ordinary. Either way, we have jobs, and we need to go about doing the job that was given to us.