Friday, January 27, 2012

Horns of the Righteous

 9But I will declare for ever; I will sing praises to the God of Jacob.
 10All the horns of the wicked also will I cut off; but the horns of the righteous shall be exalted.

Horns of the Righteous

Horns, in the Bible, often signify power or strength. In keeping with that, Psalms 75 contrasts the horns of the wicked with the horns of the righteous.
All the horns of the wicked also will I cut off; but the horns of the righteous shall be exalted.
It is fitting that Psalm 75 should end with two things. First, the psalmist declares forever his praises to the God of Jacob, and secondly the psalmist reminds us that the horns of man (his power or strength) are completely in the hands of God.

That certainly is not a politically correct statement for the 21st century, is it? After all, in a time of the great world super-powers, no nation wants to admit that it has no power in and of itself. It may have been fitting in the 1700 and 1800's for the United States to stamp, "In God We Trust" on their coins, but that has become completely antiquated in the hearts of our leaders today. Even its mere symbolism is a sore spot in the minds of many.

Even as individuals, in this time of the glorification of humanity, who wants to believe that they have no power of their own, but are totally dependent upon God? We go to great expense to fill our arenas with the super hero, applauding the greatest athlete, the greatest musician, the greatest movie, the greatest men on our planet, and so on. Who among these greats is really ready to admit that their greatness does not rest upon themselves, but upon a God who lives somewhere in the heavens?

Most would take great affront at the very idea that anyone other than themselves, much less some mystical being, would even dare to take the honor and glory that they, alone, deserve. That is understandable in the world, but sadly, many professing Christians feel exactly the same way. They may not vocalize it exactly like that, but their very lives are living examples of their lack of faith.

Does that describe us? How often do we pray and seek God's will in our daily decisions? How much time do we spend pouring over God's Word, seeking His will for our lives? Are we truly children of God, or do we give lip service to God while dashing through our days seeking our own honor and glory? Are we driven to succeed so that we will look great in the eyes of the world, or so that God will be glorified in the eyes of the world?

It is good for us to examine our own lives and ponder such things. Let us remember that the horns of the righteous are exalted by God, but He cuts off the horns of the wicked. All that is done for self-glory will vanish as wood, hay, and stubble. Only what is done for Christ will advance forth in His mighty kingdom.

Go, today, and live for the glory of the Lord, for He, alone, is our power and strength. He, alone, is the horn of the righteous, so let us sing our praises to Him.

God Bless You,

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