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Psalm Seventy Five

by Dr. Henry M. Morris

(taken from the Defender's Study Bible)

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To the chief Musician, Al-Taschith, A Psalm or Song of Asaph.

Al-taschith. On the meaning of Al-taschith and “A Psalm or Song,” see footnotes to Psalm 57 and 66.

Psalm 75:1 Unto thee, O God, do we give thanks, unto thee do we give thanks: for that thy name is near thy wondrous works declare.

Psalm 75:2 When I shall receive the congregation I will judge uprightly.

Psalm 75:3 The earth and all the inhabitants thereof are dissolved: I bear up the pillars of it. Selah

dissolved. This is probably a reference to the ultimate purging (not annihilation) of the very elements of the earth at the last judgment (2 Peter 3:10; Revelation 20:11).

Psalm 75:4 I said unto the fools, Deal not foolishly: and to the wicked, Lift not up the horn:

Psalm 75:5 Lift not up your horn on high: speak not with a stiff neck.

Psalm 75:6 For promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south.

promotion cometh. If promotion (i.e., exaltation) comes to a nation or to a person, it cannot come from the east or west or south, so must come from the north. The next verse indicates that it must come from God alone, thus implying that the “north” is at least symbolic of where God sits as Judge of the earth. See footnotes on Job 26:7. Also note Psalm 48:2, referring to “mount Zion, on the sides of the north, the city of the great King.” The main part of Davidic Jerusalem (where God's temple on earth was located), was on the northern sides and slopes of Mount Zion, which was difficult to reach from other directions.

Psalm 75:7 But God is the judge: he putteth down one, and setteth up another.

Psalm 75:8 For in the hand of the LORD there is a cup, and the wine is red; it is full of mixture; and he poureth out of the same: but the dregs thereof, all the wicked of the earth shall wring them out, and drink them.

the wine is red. God's coming wrath on an unbelieving world will be poured out, and drunk like poisoned wine by all the ungodly in the coming period of His final judgments (note Jeremiah 25:15-16; Revelation 14:9-11; etc.).

Psalm 75:9 But I will declare for ever; I will sing praises to the God of Jacob.

Psalm 75:10 All the horns of the wicked also will I cut off; but the horns of the righteous shall be exalted.