Psalm 75

God the Righteous Judge



Psalm 75 is a song of gratitude and recognition of God's righteous judgment and sovereignty. The psalmist acknowledges that all power comes from God and He is the ultimate judge. This Psalm can be seen as a proclamation of God's ultimate authority, which aligns with the New Testament's representation of Jesus Christ as King and Judge.

Section 1: Theme - Gratitude and God's Judgment (Verses 1-5)

We praise you, God, we praise you, for your Name is near; people tell of your wonderful deeds. You say, "I choose the appointed time; it is I who judge with equity. When the earth and all its people quake, it is I who hold its pillars firm. To the arrogant I say, 'Boast no more,' and to the wicked, 'Do not lift up your horns. Do not lift your horns against heaven; do not speak so defiantly.'"


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Section 2: Theme - Divine Judgment and Sovereignty (Verses 6-10)

No one from the east or the west or from the desert can exalt themselves. It is God who judges: He brings one down, he exalts another. In 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. As for me, I will declare this forever; I will sing praise to the God of Jacob, who says, "I will cut off the horns of all the wicked, but the horns of the righteous will be lifted up."


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Psalm 75's depiction of God as a fair and sovereign judge resonates deeply with the portrayal of Jesus Christ in the New Testament. 

Just as God is said to judge with equity and hold the "pillars" of the earth, Christ is presented as the righteous judge and cornerstone. Furthermore, the psalmist's affirmation that exaltation comes from God alone is echoed in Jesus' teaching that the humble will be exalted (Matthew 23:12).

The image of the cup of foaming wine in God's hand also has profound echoes in the New Testament. In Gethsemane, Jesus prays about the "cup" He is to drink (Matthew 26:39), symbolizing the judgment He will bear on behalf of humanity. This vivid imagery connects the psalmist's understanding of divine judgment with the work of Christ on the cross.

Thus, Psalm 75 not only celebrates God's sovereign and just rule, but also anticipates the ultimate revelation of God's justice and sovereignty in the person and work of Jesus Christ.