I hope you have a habit of reading the Bible for guidance and direction in your life. Often in my life, particularly at times I need clarity in leading 4Tucson, certain Bible passages blow away the fog and give me glimpses of what God is doing through me personally, but more importantly what He is doing through us collectively as Christians in Tucson.
Psalm 75 was used recently in one of the prayer groups I regularly attend. This particular group was praying for our city and the leaders at every level of influence. Since the meeting, I went back to give Psalm 75 a deeper study. I would like to share with you what I discovered and how I believe it applies to our community.
In the psalm, there is both a warning and an encouragement. The warning is to those who oppose God and His ways. The encouragement is to those who follow God and His ways. I will quote from the NKJV, not because it is better than another translation, but because it is the version that I have used over the years to memorize many chapters in the Bible. As part of my study, I often read many translations for better understanding of a passage or a chapter in the Bible. I encourage you to do the same, if you presently do not.
Psalm 75 was written at the time when David was coming into the crown after the death of King Saul. It says:
To the Chief Musician. Set to "Do Not Destroy."
A Psalm of Asaph. A Song.
“When I choose the proper time,
I will judge uprightly.
The earth and all its inhabitants are dissolved;
I set up its pillars firmly. Selah
“I said to the boastful, ‘Do not deal boastfully,’
And to the wicked, ‘Do not lift up the horn.
Do not lift up your horn on high;
Do not speak with a stiff neck.’”
For exaltation comes neither from the east
Nor from the west nor from the south.
But God is the Judge:
He puts down one,
And exalts another.
For in the hand of the Lord there is a cup,
And the wine is red;
It is fully mixed, and He pours it out;
Surely its dregs shall all the wicked of the earth
Drain and drink down.
But I will declare forever,
I will sing praises to the God of Jacob.
“All the horns of the wicked I will also cut off,
But the horns of the righteous shall be exalted.”
David starts by giving thanks and praise to God for advancing him to a position of power and influence. As Christians in Tucson, we have been given positions of power and influence. Do we believe God has called us to lead with righteousness in our city? Do we thank God for putting us in positions where we are able to influence the decisions of our city?
God has chosen this as His time in history, when lawlessness increases and the ways mankind governs are crumbling and being dissolved. The pillars of God’s ways are firm. They never change. We should take time to ponder the truth of that. God is always wanting to display His power by doing great things through those who follow Him.
Those in our city who boastfully disregard God, mock God’s ways and use their power and influence to defy God will find their acclaim and self-promotion will not stand in the judgment of God.
God has the power to raise up leaders and to remove leaders. All leaders serve at His pleasure. Those who abuse their positions of power and influence will find themselves drinking from the cup of wrath God has prepared for the wicked.
But for the righteous that God places in positions of power, we recognize from where that power comes and the great responsibility that comes with it. The duty of the righteous is to stand against those who use their power wickedly. We must acknowledge our dependence on God and use our positions of power and influence to bring glory to God. In due time, He will exalt us.
The application of this Psalm will be muted if Christians are afraid or unwilling to stand up for righteousness. The putrid rot of corruption will continue to erode our culture until we fulfill the call placed upon our lives. We must become salt and light in our city. Salt preserves and prevents the rot from spreading. Light illuminates the things that are done in darkness and secret.
If you are waiting for non-Christians to advocate for following biblical principles in our city, you will have a long wait. If you are expecting some other Christian to do your job, you will miss the blessings God has waiting for those who are obedient to Him. Christian Tucsonans, now is the appointed time to stand up and make a positive difference in our city for the glory of God.
Will you, at a minimum, join 4Tucson? Here is the link: 4tucson.com/join-the-movement
Will you, at a minimum, appeal to God for the heart and soul of our city by praying for it each day?
Neither of those commitments require much of you except to be willing to take a stand for Jesus.
If you are struggling to get more involved in biblical city transformation, will you, at a minimum, pray, “God I am not willing, but I am willing to be made willing. I want to be used by You to preserve this generation from wickedness and evil.”
David understood the significant responsibility God placed on him to use his gifts, talents and abilities for the glory of God. I pray that you too, will understand the significant responsibility you have to use your position of influence to stand up when wickedness prevails, where justice is perverted and where public trust is corrupted. If not us, who? If not now, when?
God is waiting to do a great and mighty work through us for His glory. God promises to be with us. But we must be willing to do our part. We must be willing to get out of our comfort zone and serve Him. The beauty that results from a culture that follows God’s ways will bless its people and bring glory to Him.