Peter tells us that Satan goes about as a roaring lion. But there are times when his followers attack us as an angered bull that charges with its horns to try to gore the one that irritated it. And keep in mind that the unbelievers are irritated when we hold God, His law, and His Christ before them. Was not Cain angry when Abel called his attention to his sinful sacrifice? And did he not kill Abel in anger?
This bears out the truth written in Psalm 75:4, 5, where we read, “I said unto the fools, deal not foolishly; and to the wicked, Lift not up the horn on high: speak not with a stiff neck.” And plainly the horn mentioned here is not a musical instrument but the hard, pointed weapon of defense upon the head of a bull. Just call the unbeliever’s attention to his sin and warn him of God’s wrath, and he will, as the bull, lift up his horn to injure and drive you away from him. Not having the grace of God in his heart the unbeliever will stiffen himself in his sin, and, as the text states, he will lift up his stiff neck to gore us.
Therefore the psalmist continues with, “For promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south. But God is the judge: He putteth down one, and setteth up another.” And by promotion he plainly means lifting up to what is truly good. Thus we sing:
Thou teachest meekness to the proud,
And maketh sinners know
That none is judge but God alone,
To honor and bring low.
Never mind then when the world tries to push you aside and humble you physically and materially. God is judge, and He shall in His own time put down the whole world of wicked and lift His faithful children up to heavenly glory.
Let nothing and no one make you for one moment question God’s love for His church. He will, because He judges us in Christ, lift us above all our enemies and unto Himself in His grace. The world’s attack upon God’s church is folly. We have a sure victory in Christ.
Read: Revelation 22
Psalter versification: 206:3
This devotional was written by Rev. Heys and published by the Reformed Book Outlet.