The scripture for today is Psalm 75, NIV.
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.’”
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.”
I need to make my new mantra “It is God who judges”. It seems social media, news media and just about everyone has an opinion about politics, people in Hollywood, teachers, pastors, hairdressers, grocers, etc. and it is usually judgmental in nature. We think that politician should have…… (fill in the blank), that actor should not have said …... (fill in the blank) and so it goes. We feel righteous indignation over their actions and give our thoughts on what that person deserves as a result of their actions. We are judging. It may feel like just sharing our opinion, but the very act involves judging. Sometimes we run into conflict when we share our thoughts about how or what other people should or should not do and what consequences they should face. We can avoid the conflicts if we remember the Psalmists words, “It is God who judges” –so let God judge, and let our job be to support, uplift, guide, and care for God’s children. Be the light in the world, not the judge.”
Dear God, When I fall into judging others, please send the Holy Spirit to turn my heart and mouth towards being Your light in this world. Amen
Kelly Sperry firstname.lastname@example.org
Prayer Concern: For those facing persecution for their beliefs. Amen